Volume 3 - Issue 5, November 9, 2020
In This Issue:
Chancellor Sandra Jordan to Retire | UofSC Aiken and SC DEHEC Provide Free COVID-19 Test Site | Fall Graduation Ceremony | November Tips to Support Your Student | Pacer Care Packages Were a Hit | Seeking Candidates for Pacer Family Advisory Board | Free Flu Shots | COVID-19 Dashboard | Not Even COVID-19 Can Keep Pacers Down | Spring Break 2021 | Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA ) | Parent and Family Relations Assistance | Save the Date and Quick Links
Chancellor Sandra Jordan to Retire
Dr. Sandra Jordan, the university's chancellor, has decided to retire effective June 30, 2021.

Dr. Jordan has served as chancellor since July 1, 2012. UofSC Columbia President Robert L. Caslen stated, " Last year, Dr. Jordan informed me of her intention to retire at the end of this academic year. We celebrate this milestone moment for her and the legacy she leaves behind at the UofSC Aiken and the entire UofSC system."

UofSC Aiken and DHEC Provide
Free COVID-19 Testing Site
Free testing is available to all UofSC Aiken students, faculty, staff, and the greater Aiken community.

Testing site and guidelines:

  • Testing
  • began Friday, Nov. 6.
  • six days/week - Wednesday through Monday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • takes place in the Convocation Center parking lot, 2049 Champion Way, Graniteville.
  • Drive through test site; two lines available.
  • No insurance card needed, but you do need a driver's license or UofSC Aiken ID.
  • SC DHEC (SC Department of Health and Environmental Control) will provide trained staff to administer the test. They will follow all HIPAA guidelines and regulations.
  • SC DHEC will analyze and provide results of testing within 24-48 hours of testing
  • A pre-registration link is available for your convenience. It is rrtesting.com/uscaiken.
  • For more information, please contact Mr. Deri Wills at [email protected] or 803-641-3787.
Fall Graduation Ceremony
Congratulations, families of fall graduates!

November 20 will serve as a milestone date for many fall graduates as we celebrate their achievement with a traditional graduation ceremony. To comply with CDC safety regulations, we will hold the ceremony outdoors.

Here are a few important details:

  1. Friday, November 20, at 6:00 p.m. (rain date is the following day)
  2. Aiken High School football stadium located at 449 Rutland Drive, Aiken, SC 29801
  3. Each graduate may bring two guests; tickets are required for entry.
  4. The graduation website has more information about the venue, grad fair, ceremony, and tickets.

Graduates are receiving instructions through UofSC Aiken email accounts, so please work with your student to make arrangements.
November Tips to Support Your Student
  1. Last day of in-person classes this term is Tuesday, November 24. After that, all remaining classes and final exams will be conducted remotely.
  2. As best you can, provide a dedicated, quiet study space for returning students so they can successfully finish the semester at home.
  3. Ask students about their schedule and exam times so you and family members can accommodate their need to focus on their studies.
  4. Celebrate their last paper or test submission by serving their favorite meal, or going to their favorite dinner spot.
  5. Give your student a few days after finals week, and then make a "date" with them. Go for lunch, shopping, fishing, or whatever makes them relax so they might review fall semester with you, and discuss what they're looking forward to this spring.
Pacer Care Packages
Were a Hit!
Thanks to family and friends, 28 lucky Pacers received care packages filled with Halloween decorations, school supplies and treats!

Special thanks to:

  • Joanna Caldwell, Pacer Family Advisory Board member
  • Aisha Griffin, UofSC Aiken junior (pictured)
  • UofSC Aiken Advancement Office
  • UofSC Aiken Housing and Residential Life staff
Seeking Candidates for the
Pacer Family Advisory Board
If you are interested in supporting UofSC Aiken and its parents and families, please read on!

Currently, seven UofSC Aiken family members serve on the Pacer Family Advisory Board. Their past activities include:

  • Writing an occasional newsletter article
  • Volunteering at Orientations or Family Day
  • Supporting the Pacer Care Package program

We hope to add a few more members to our group. If you are interested, please read our mission and complete this application. If you have questions, please reply to [email protected] .
Free Flu Shots
Free flu shots are available to students in the Student Health Center. The center is located just beyond Starbucks in the Student Activities Center.

Appointments are required. Students should call
UofSC Aiken COVID-19 Dashboard
By keeping the UofSC Aiken family safe, we can continue offering face-to-face instruction and support, an essential component of the full university experience. 

Please continue to revisit Ready, Set, Return, our comprehensive, campus-wide mitigation plan. The revision date appears on the front cover when new information is added.
We continue to conduct COVID-19 testing for members of our campus community. The number of positive tests remains low thanks to everyone’s compliance with safety guidelines.
Updates on the campus’s condition will be reflected on the dashboard each Friday and will cover weekly updates on Thursday evening each week.
Not Even COVID-19 Can Keep Pacers Down
UofSC students keep moving forward, learning, celebrating, and leading!

UofSC is proud to be the only public, all-Steinway, school in South Carolina.

Student, Austin Bowers, brings this Steinway to life with his rendition of Chopin's Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15.
Dr. Keely Rhodes' small women's ensemble performs "The Lighthouse" by Andy Beck. Their performance is particularly meaningful as they are a "beacon of light" on campus.

We are, indeed, fortunate to have such talented students. Thank you for sending them to us!
You may have heard the expression "pay to play." Well, UofSC Aiken students participated in "pay to pie" fellow Pacers and administrators during Fall Fest. Here, vice chancellor, Ahmed Samaha, gets treated to some whipped cream by SGA treasurer, Wilson Steinmeyer.

Proceeds benefitted the United Way.
Members of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority recently celebrated Think Pink Week. Fundraising events like Smootches from Pootches, Lip Sync Battle and Bra Pong raised money for the fight to cure breast cancer.
Leaders Light the Way
Julia Smith and Suzanna LaMunion recruit students to consider leadership opportunities at UofSC Aiken.

Here, they are speaking to student, Teylor Alston.

To see the many leadership programs available for your Pacer, click here.
Spring Break 2021
The university's leadership continues to be encouraged that our Ready, Set, Return plan is being followed, and that this mitigation plan has allowed us to hold on-campus classes during Fall 2020.

Looking forward to the Spring 2021 semester, the university needs to make adjustments to continue protecting our university community from the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of having a traditional spring break week, UofSC Aiken students will have four days off spread throughout the semester as wellness/break days, and a second reading day just before final exams.

See the updated academic calendar for details.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Questions? Contact [email protected]
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 [email protected] or call 803-641-2825 during office hours, MondayThursday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pacer Proud. Pacer Strong.

Sandy Talbott
Parent and Family Relations Coordinator
Save The Date

Fall Semester
November 20 - Convocation (fall graduation)
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving break
Remaining instruction will be virtual
December 7-11 - Final exams (virtual)

Spring Semester (tentative)
January 11 - classes begin
January 18 - Martin Luther King Day - no classes
February 6 - Homecoming
April 26 - classes end
April 28 - May 4 - final exams (excl. Sat and Sun)
May 5 - University Commencement

Parent and Family Relations| University of South Carolina Aiken | 803-641-2825 | [email protected] | www.usca.edu/parents