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University of South Carolina Parent E-news: September 2017
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The fall semester is in full swing at the University of South Carolina! In the blink of an eye (actually, in 2 minutes and 36 seconds), the total solar eclipse came and went. F ast forward 24 hours, and campus played host to another grand event: Move-In Day. The Office of Parents Programs was thrilled to welcome all of the new families and greet our returners.

September is here and the first full week of classes is officially in the books ... pun intended! Encourage your student to keep attending classes to ensure a successful semester. Remind them of the academic  support resources available to help them succeed (see Academics -- Academic Support: Staff all over campus are ready to help them put their best foot forward.

Finally, after many long months of waiting, Carolina fans near and far are gearing up for the first football game of the season. USC will take on NC State tomorrow afternoon  in Charlotte. Tune in to ESPN at 3 p.m. (EST) to cheer on the Gamecocks!

Stay connected with the Office of Parents Programs; make sure to like us on Facebook , follow us on Instagram  and visit the Parents Programs website  for timely posts and monthly tips to supplement this newsletter. 

Pictured above: 5,800 new Carolina students filled the Colonial Life Arena for First Night Carolina the evening of Aug. 22. See what it's all about here:
Parents Weekend 2017
We hope to host you and your family for  Parents Weekend 2017 , Oct. 6-8! The deadline to register is just two weeks away -- Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. (EST).

Don't miss your opportunity to join us for this favorite Carolina tradition. Registration is required and space is limited.

Visit the Office of Parents Programs website to register, learn more about the schedule, and prepare for an unforgettable Gamecock weekend!
Bursar's Office
Paying tuition and fees for fall 2017

Payment plan 
The University of South Carolina offers a payment plan option for students. The payment plan needs to be set up every semester.  Learn more here:  

Authorized users
Students can assign authorized users to their account via SSC. Granting this authorization allows the authorized user to see the student's bills, receive communication, view payment history, request/print 1098-T information, enroll in the payment plan, and speak with Bursar's Office staff about the student account.

Direct deposits
If a refund is expected, which includes excess financial aid, please set up direct deposit via SSC through the E-Refunds tab. This is the most efficient and convenient way to receive a refund.

For more information about paying tuition and fees, visit the Bursar's Office website.
From Dining Services
Welcome, Carolina Food Co.!
Carolina Food Co. is now serving the Gamecock community. As the new dining services provider, we have every intention to enhance the dining program at the University of South Carolina to ensure that we are one of the premier universities in terms of the dining services program. Through a focus on culinary innovation, fresh and local ingredients, made-to-order preparation, cutting edge dining concepts and style of service, and direct feedback from the campus community, will we be able to further solidify the University of South Carolina as a premier university for food.
We are always looking for the best talent to join our team. We especially have a desire to recruit USC students to join our workforce. We provide flexible schedules, a fun work atmosphere, and great training and developmental opportunities for your student! Find all available jobs with the Carolina Food Co. at
Columbia Airport shuttle service
Now accepting reservations for Fall Break
Student Government coordinates a shuttle service for the student body to use  free of charge

Students will be picked up from USC to be taken to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport on:
Oct. 18 and 19
5 a.m., 9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Students will be picked up from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to be taken to USC campus on:
Oct. 22
9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Reservation deadline: Friday, Oct. 13 at noon

The shuttle will pick up students at the corner of Greene and Sumter Streets.
Student Health Services events
Healthy Carolina Farmers Market
Greene Street
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Tuesdays)
  • Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
  • Nov. 7 
The Healthy Carolina Farmers Market is a convenient way for USC students, faculty, staff and community members to shop for fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce and sustainable products.  It aims to emphasize the direct connection between local food choices people make and the quality and health of our environment and daily lives. The market promotes overall wellness through campus resources, cooking demonstrations, health screenings and community engagement, while still providing access to healthy, fresh and locally-grown goods.

Center for Health and Well-Being ribbon cutting
When: Friday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.

Come celebrate the opening of the new health center with a ribbon cutting celebration including tours, free food and giveaways for students, faculty, staff and community members! 
From the Career Center
Virtual career connections with Brazen

University of South Carolina students and career professionals can now connect virtually with the introduction of a new online platform, Brazen Careerist. With several unique features designed to enhance the virtual networking experience, Brazen allows students and alumni to chat 1-on-1 with employers and experts in various career fields.

Networking with Gamecocks: Charlotte, Charleston & Atlanta  
Sept. 19,  4-5 p.m.
Students interested in living/working in Charlotte, Charleston, or Atlanta can ask questions and connect with fellow Gamecocks through a partnership with My Carolina Alumni Association.
Job fair prep: with career pros
Sept. 26,  2-3 p.m.
Students can get their job fair questions answered, resume reviewed and prepare for the Career Fest and S.E.T. fairs by connecting with Career Center staff. 
Ask a career pro
Oct. 10,  4-5 p.m.
Students can connect with career professionals while on-the-go. They can ask questions about majors, resumes, interviews, internships/co-ops, job shadowing, job search and other general career-related topics.  
For a complete list of fall Brazen virtual networking events or to register, visit
Opportunities to share with your student
Student Calendar
The university just launched a new university-wide calendar for students! This calendar aims to gather all events for students, in one convenient location.

Registration for Service Saturday now open
Students are invited to participate in Service Saturday, headed by the Leadership and Service Center.  This signature monthly event allows representatives from the university to collaborate with and serve the surrounding Columbia community.  For more information, visit the  Service Saturdays website .  

Get a free passport!
The CIEE Passport Caravan is a one-day, on-campus event sponsored by University of South Carolina - Columbia and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). At the event, CIEE will help 50 preregistered students apply for passports for FREE. Once issued, U.S. passports last for ten years, opening up a decade of possibilities for individuals to study, live, work, and travel outside of the United States.

All USC Columbia students can preregister for the passport caravan online:

Requirements: Students interested in receiving the passport benefit must register for the event with the University of South Carolina - Columbia Study Abroad Office. It's mandatory that all students seeking passports come ready with required materials or they will not be able to complete the passport application process. A list of mandatory materials is available here: *Please note,  preference will be given to South Carolina residents.

Questions? Contact the Study Abroad Office at or 803-777-7557.
University news updates
A journey toward understanding
The South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation brings its signature program, the Welcome Table SC, to campus this fall. Students, faculty and staff will work with facilitators to address racism by building stronger relationships across racial lines.  Read more>>>

Arts programs spotlight UofSC talent
Carolina is the place to find many cultural events, from theater and dance performances to fine art shows. To make choosing easier, we've picked five of this year's can't-miss events to put on your calendars now. Read more>>>

Revamping a campus tradition 
The introduction of Carolina Food Co., the new food service contractor, left many students wondering about the new changes to the dining halls on campus. Carolina Food Co. has rebranded many favorites, but the most striking is what they've done to Chicken Finger Wednesday.  Read more>>>

Stay updated on the latest   University of South Carolina news .
Important upcoming dates
Sept. 4: Labor Day (no classes)
Sept 15: Deadline to register for Parents Weekend at 4 p.m. (EST)
Sept. 30: Last day to apply for December graduation
Oct. 2-31: University Housing signups and interest form dates
Oct. 6-8: Parents Weekend
Oct. 16: Last day to drop a course without a grade of "WF"
Oct. 16: Midpoint in fall semester
Oct. 19-20: Fall Break (no classes)
Oct. 23-28: Homecoming Week
Oct. 24: AlcoholEdu & Haven Part 2 due
Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
Dec. 8: Last day of classes
Please continue to visit our website for information and resources at . As always, we are only a phone call or email away, and we encourage your feedback!

Office of Parents Programs
University of South Carolina
Parents Assistance Line: 1-800-868-6752
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