Volume 2 - Issue 3 - September 2019
Parent and Family Relations Newsletter
In This Issue:
Family Day September 21 | Chancellor Jordan's Welcome Message | ADP Internship | Four Tops | Writing Center Helps Students | Magellan Scholar Program | Did'Ja Know - Laundry Availability | Inclement Weather Communication | Newsletter Survey | Student Feature - Delight Ministry | Parent and Family Relations Assistance | Save the Date and Quick Links

Family Day- September 21

We are excited to welcome Pacer parents and families to Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Before the big day, please:

  • Register - advanced registration required.
  • Check the schedule. We have something for everyone!
  • Come prepared for a USC Aiken fun Family Day!

Payment options:

  • Make checks payable to USC Aiken and send to
Mandi Welch
USC Aiken Student Life
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

  • Cash payments can be made in the Student Life Office in the Student Activities Center, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Credit Card payments are accepted by calling 803-641-3588

Sorry, credit card card payments cannot be accepted the day of event.

Check-in is from 9 - 10 a.m., in the quad near the Student Activities Center (Parking Lot A) . Get ready for a wonderful day full of visitors and activity for you and your Pacer!

Note: On the same day, USC Aiken will also host an Admissions Open House and the Aiken Scholar's Academy Day of Caring activities.

Chancellor Jordan's Welcome Back Message

Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor, welcomes new and returning students, details new academic programs, and explains how our new entrance may "light up" your life!

Click on Dr. Jordan's image to begin the video. Volume is on.

ADP Spring 2020 Internship Opportunity
USC Aiken offers many career opportunities for Pacers, and one of those opportunities is at the end of this month. A senior talent acquisition business representative from ADP, a global Fortune 250 company, will be at the Student Activities Center lobby on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., to speak with upper class students from any major who are seeking a paid internship.

The job description is posted on our online job board, Purple Briefcase, or at ADP Spring 2020 Internship.
Interested students should come prepared with copies of a current resume and knowledge about ADP to make a positive impression. While not required, dressing professionally shows that students are serious about their job search. If students do not have professional attire, they can stop by Career Services in 108 Penland or call 803-641-3440 for a resume review and to obtain apparel from the Career Closet. Most, but not all, sizes are available.
We feel it is important to let parents and families know of this and other opportunities for students. Additional career resource information can be found here .

The Four Tops to Perform at USC Aiken
The Four Tops are coming to USC Aiken Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Come see this iconic group in concert at the Etherredge Center!

Their first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars, and their 60s track record on the label is indispensable to any retrospective of the decade. 

In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since then, they have been touring incessantly, a towering testament to the enduring legacy of the Motown Sound they helped shape. 

Attend with your student, or attend with your friends!

Single event tickets and subscriptions are on sale through the Etherredge Center website: www.usca.edu/etherredge-center or by phone (803)641-3305.

Writing Center Helps Students
Many students struggle with academic writing. After all, it isn’t a form of English we regularly speak or write in so some students may struggle with the rigors of university-level writing.

Thankfully, USC Aiken's Writing Center can help.

The Writing Center offers free, individual work sessions with trained writing consultants, workshops designed to support writing across the curriculum, and other writing resources. If your Pacer is struggling with academic writing, encourage them to call, email, or stop by USC Aiken's Writing Center for assistance.  

submitted by Amanda Rachel Warren, PhD
Director of the Writing Center

Magellan Scholar Program

The Magellan Scholar Program provides funds up to $3,000 to support undergraduate research under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Students compete for this award with the submission of a research, scholarship, or creative project proposal developed in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Selection is based on the project’s educational and intellectual merit, the potential impact of the project, and the student’s previous academic success.
This opportunity is time sensitive. Interested students should read the instructions carefully and follow directions in the above link.

Did'ja Know

Washer and Dryer Availability

Resident students can check availability of washers and dryers without ever leaving their dorm room. Through their self service Carolina portal, students can get real time reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No more wasted time wondering if machines are available!

For cost and details, click here.

Inclement Weather
Our thoughts and prayers are with USC Aiken families who were directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian, especially our Bahamian families. 

As always, safety and security are our top priority. Students should check conditions in their local area and along routes. When necessary, they should take prudent measures, use best judgment based on the conditions in their area before traveling, and allow for additional travel time.

The USC Aiken leadership tracks the progress of impending weather situations. Should inclement weather conditions impact the university’s operating schedule, updates will be posted on the web at:  www.usca.edu .  
Newsletter Survey

Thank you for reading these newsletters.

Last month's survey results included requests to read about student organizations and scholarship opportunities. We are happy to include those topics this month (Magellan Scholar Program and Delight Women's Ministry).

Please complete this six-question survey to provide feedback on this newsletter. We appreciate your time and thoughts.

Student Feature - Delight Women's Ministry
This month's student feature is Delight Women's Ministry. This new organization attracted 47 co-eds at its first meeting.

Delights's goals are to:

  • Establish a college women’s community that grows together, serves together, learns together, while chasing the heart of God.
  • Be a place that any University of South Carolina Aiken collegiate woman can come and grow in relationships with others, ask difficult questions, and find a strong community of Christians and non-Christians alike.
  • Provide an opportunity for the women of University of South Carolina Aiken to explore their faith in a nonjudgmental and open environment.

If you know a USC Aiken co-ed who may be interested in joining Delight, she should contact mmfinley@usca.edu.

Parent and Family Relations Assistance
Dear USC Aiken parents and families,

A special welcome to families of new students! While it is our goal to develop independent, self-sufficient Pacers, we know that sometimes parents or guardians need guidance on specific issues. During those times, please feel free to contact me.

You can email parents@usca.edu or call 803-641-2825 during office hours, Monday Thursday,
8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Please leave a message at other times, so I can reply. If you have an emergency, call USC Aiken police at 803-648-4011.

I hope to see you at Family Day on Sept. 21. Advanced registration required.


Sandy Talbott
Parent and Family Relations Coordinator
Save The Date

Fall term

September 21 - Family Day
October 10-11 - Fall break
November 26-27 - Thanksgiving holiday
December 6 - Classes end
December 12 - December graduation

Spring term
January 13 - Classes begin
February 22 - Homecoming
March 9 - 13 - Spring break
April 9-10 - Scholar Showcase
May 6 - Commencement

Stay updated with USC Aiken News.
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