Volume 2 - Issue 15, April 22, 2020
In This Issue:
H.O.P.E. "Hang On, Pandemics End" | May 6 is Pacer Day | Career Resources and Remote Employment Opportunities | Pacer Hero. Pacer Proud. Pacer Strong. Joshua Bush | USC Aiken Professor Inducted to SC Hall of Fame | Ruth Patrick Science Education Center - Earth Week | Exercise Science Major Accepted to NAACP Leadership Program | USC Aiken Magazine | Fall Housing Registration | Parent and Family E-News Weekly Delivery | Parent and Family Relations Assistance | Save the Date and Quick Links
H.O.P.E. (Hang On, Pandemics End!)
Now, more than ever, we need to come together and encourage one another, reminding one another of HOPE. Please help share this student-sparked campaign, whether via social media or print it and post it in your home, car, or office windows.

Let's share the message of HOPE with our entire community! Below is a printable PDF for you to share, print, or post.
May 6 is Pacer Day

Honor your favorite graduate(s) by sending us a short video shout-out! On Pacer Day, May 6, the videos will be posted on the graduation page of the USC Aiken website. The final production will include as many shout-outs as possible. Let's make our graduates feel extra special and give them the recognition they deserve!

The submission deadline is April 24.

Click here for details. On May 6, be sure to check out the graduation web page for all of the Pacer Day highlights!
Career Resources and
Remote Employment Opportunities

It's not too late for students to remotely reach out to members of Career Services staff who are ready to talk about majors, ways to improve a resume, and employment.

Encourage students to read their Monday, April 20 Daily Message which contains several hyperlinks to remote job opportunities.
Pacer Hero. Pacer Proud. Pacer Strong.

We remember the life, sacrifice, and dedication of Joshua Bush, a first-semester nursing student who bravely cared for COVID-19 patients in a local healthcare facility. Joshua passed away Friday, April 17, from complications related to the virus. As soon as possible, when students, faculty, and staff are back on campus, the university will celebrate his life by planting a tree in his honor near the School of Nursing.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, LaKita, their family, to our faculty and staff in the School of Nursing, all of our nursing students who knew him well, and our entire Pacer community
USC Aiken Professor
Inducted to SC Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Dr. Drew Geyer, chair of the English department, who was recently inducted to the South Carolina Academy of Authors Literary Hall of Fame. This honor places him in the same category as other prominent South Carolina writers such as Pat Controy, Nikky Finney, and DJames Dickey.

To read more about Dr. Geyer's accomplishment, click here.
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Invites You to Celebrate Earth Week
Gather your student and other family members around a computer and watch as members of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center staff create and share activities to celebrate Earth Week. From Haiku Poetry to learning how to build a pizza box solar oven, they have you covered.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. each day. Click on this Facebook link to participate. If you don't have Facebook access, click here for some Earth Week content.

Exercise Science Major Accepted to
NAACP Leadership Program

Julia Evans, a junior exercise science major at USC Aiken, has been accepted to participate in a nationwide leadership program for college students, sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Read more about this honor here.
USC Aiken Magazine
We are so proud of USC Aiken, our student scholars, award-winning faculty, and generous donors. To read more about them, as well as on-campus sites for the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative and South Carolina National Guard DreamPort Cybersecurity Collaborative, click here.
Fall Housing Registration

If your student has not yet made plans to live in USC Aiken campus housing for the 2020-2021 academic year, or if you know an incoming USC Aiken freshman family whose student may need housing, please share this first year experience information with them.

They can also view a recent Facebook Live Campus Housing recording. It is the third video on the above link.

Questions? Contact housingco@usca.edu.
Parent and Family E-News - Weekly Delivery
Since its inception in August 2018, parent and family e-newsletters have been distributed once per month. To keep you updated with news and resources during modified operations, you will receive weekly communications which will provide timely, relevant information and announcements.

If you prefer to stop receiving all Parent and Family Relations communication, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of this page, or write to parents@usca.edu with the subject "unsubscribe." As always, newsletters are archived and available on the parent and family webpage.
Parent and Family Relations Assistance
The Parent and Family Relations Office is open virtually, and as always, I am available and happy to support you as you support your students.

Please continue to reach out via email at parents@usca.edu or call 803-641-2825 during office hours, Monday Thursday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pacer Proud. Pacer Strong.

Sandy Talbott
Parent and Family Relations Coordinator
Save The Date

Spring term
April 29 - May 5 - Final exams (excluding Saturday and Sunday)
May 6 - Pacer Day
August 15 - Commencement
August 17 - Housing move-in
August 19 - New student convocation
August 20 - Fall classes begin
October 3 - Family Day
October 15-16 - Fall break
November 3 - Election Day - no classes
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving break
December 7-11 - Final exams
December 10 - Convocation (commencement)

Stay updated with USC Aiken News.
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