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Homecoming Weekend 2012

My Carolina is going "whole hog" for Homecoming Weekend, November 8-10, 2012, so join us for new alumni events leading up to the big game! Homecoming will feature a Rally in the Vista, Awards Gala, Pre-Game Tent Party in the new Farmers Market tailgating area and, of course, cheering on the Gamecocks against the Arkansas Razorbacks!

My Carolina Choice Cuts

Alumni Rally in the Vista!
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Blue Marlin, 1200 Lincoln Street

You're in for a tasty treat when you join the Alumni Rally in the Vista! This prime cut is THE Homecoming celebration for Gamecock Nation.  Start with the pep rally featuring Concocktion, a pep band from the USC Marching Band, spice it up with the Carolina cheerleaders and top it off with the music of Right to Party, one of the most fun bands in the region.  Cocky will be there to cook up a little excitement, so join the party!

Alumni Awards Gala
Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

A great choice when only the best will do.  This gala cocktail event will honor some of Carolina's distinguished alumni.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $35 per person, and you can join the Alumni Rally in the Vista following the gala.

Alumni Pre-Game Tent Party
Saturday, Nov. 10, three hours before kickoff
Farmers Market - right beside the Gamecock Walk

We are now in the place to be on game day.  Bring your appetite for fun and enjoy tailgating at its best with lots of Gamecock spirit, delicious food and drinks, and friends and family.  Wear your garnet and black.  The fun starts three hours before kickoff at the new Farmers Market - right beside the Gamecock Walk.  This event is SOLD OUT!

Gamecocks vs. Razorbacks

Saturday, Nov. 10, time tba
Williams-Brice Stadium

Choose this hearty cut and enjoy the sights, sounds, and excitement of Carolina football inside Williams-Brice Stadium.  As the main course, the Gamecocks take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in what is sure to be one of the most exciting games of the season. Football tickets are sold out.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Greene Street

Cockfest whets the appetite and kick-starts the Homecoming fun Thursday at 7 p.m. on Greene Street.  Sample the USC tradition at this pep rally and outdoor concert in the heart of campus! Celebrate Homecoming and cheer on the Gamecocks before the big game on Saturday!

Gamecock Athletics Reunion
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10
Celebrating the seniors of all sports from the Classes of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2002.  To register and reunite with your teammates, contact Jay Brown at or 803-777-5723.

A.C. Moore Herbarium
Friday, Nov. 9, 10:00 -1100 a.m.
Coker LIfe Sciences 208
Alumni and Friends are invited to learn more about the A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina.  You'll hear about the state's largest scientific plant collection, which includes native and naturalized species from South Carolina and around the United States.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to see specimens of pre-Civil War plants, rare species of SC, and plants of economic importance.  There is no charge to attend, but registration is encouraged.  Contact Dr. John Nelson at 803-777-8196 or (Limited to the first 25)

Homecoming Parade
Friday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m.
Greene Street

Start your Homecoming weekend Friday at 3 p.m. with the annual Homecoming Parade.  Come see the student floats and the band and enjoy the festivities.  Set your place and view the parade from in front of the Horseshoe gates, or on Greene Street.

College of Arts and Sciences Alumni/Faculty BBQ and Homecoming Parade
Friday, Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m.
Corner of Greene and Gadsden

Join fellow alumni and friends of the college as we represent the university's largest college by marching in the USC Homecoming Parade! The first 100 participants to register will receive a College of Arts and Sciences hat.  Gather on the corner of Greene and Gadsden streets at 2:30 p.m.  To register, email, or call 803-777-9201.

Following the parade, all A&S alumni, retired faculty and friends are invited to our annuall barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gambrell Hall.  Call 803-777-9201 with any questions, or visit our website at to RSVP and purchase tickets.

TRiO - Opportunity Scholars Program 2012 Homecoming Events:
Opportunity Scholars Program Alumni Drop-In

Friday, November 9, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Booker T.  Washington Auditorium, Room 205

Kick-Off the Homecoming weekend with old friends, current and former faculty, students, and staff in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium.  Get a tour of the building and see what updates are being made.  Join us for refreshments as we showcase the Opportunity Scholar's Program and reconnect with one another.  Alumni and guests are invited to participate.  There will be door prizes that will include Gamecock gear! There is no charge for this event, but RSVP's are requested.  Click here to RSVP or by calling 803-777-5125.

Darla Moore School of Business Fourth Annual Homecoming BBQ
Friday, Nov. 9, 5-7 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, 8th Floor

Meet us in the Faculty Lounge on the 8th floor from 5 to 7 p.m. and join Moore School alumni, retired and current faculty, friends and Cocky for delicious barbecue, drinks and music the day before the Homecoming game.  With advance registration, the cost is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 10-18, and free for children 9 and under.  (Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $10 for ages 10-18.)  Contact or 803-777-7602 for more information about the event.

College of Education Homecoming BBQ Picnic
Friday, Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Join us on the grounds of Wardlaw from 6 to 8 p.m.  All alumni and friends of the college are welcome! For more information call, 803-777-3286.

Nursing Alumni: Reconnect at the new Viana McCown Alumni Event:
"Raising the Bar on Academic and Practice Partnerships"

Friday, Nov. 9, 2-6 pm.
Palmetto Club

Mingle, reconnect, and meet new friends at the Palmetto Club (1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201), where our Outstanding Nurse Alumnus and Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnus will be recognized. Meet our new incoming dean, Dr. Jeannette Andrews, and hear a nursing update from our featured speaker, Cindy Rohman, VP of Patient Care and CNO at Lexington Medical Center. For additional details and to register, visit our new and improved website at Scroll down, and on the right side, click on "Viana McCown Event,” which will take you to a link for registration.

Gamecocks on the Green: College of Mass Communications and Information Studies Annual Alumni and Friends Reception
Friday, Nov. 9, 4-6 p.m.
Gibbes Green, the lawn near Davis College

Join alumni, friends, staff, current and retired faculty of the college and Cocky from 4 to 6 p.m. as we celebrate Homecoming 2012.  We'll gather on Gibbes Green, the lawn near Davis College, for an afternoon reception light hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.  RSVP to 803-777-6791 or check for for more details at

Step Show
Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Homecoming's Step Show, at the Coliseum at 7 p.m., is one of the most popular events of the week! Step teams perform impressive synchronized routines for the enjoyment of the crowd, making it a high-energy, crowd-pleasing event.  Tickets are free for USC students, faulty and staff and will be available for pick-up at the Russell House Information Desk starting on Monday, Nov. 5.  Students will need their ticket and CarolinaCard for entry into the show.  Tickets for the public are $10 and can be purchased at the Koger Center box office through Thursday, Nov. 8 and at the Coliseum box office on the day of the show.

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Friday, Nov. 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
McCutchen House

Celebrate Homecoming 2012 and HRSM'S 50th birthday! The party will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the McCutchen House, located on USC's historic Horseshoe.  There will be entertainment and games in the garden, a martini bar provided by Bonefish Grill, a silent auction and the return of the now-famous Chef Jules Pernell Homecoming BBQ contest.  Event proceeds benefit student scholarships.  RSVP required online at  For additional details, contact Tina Weaver at or 803-777-6721.

South Carolina Honors College Champagne Brunch
Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Honors Residence Honeycomb Cafe, Corner of Blossom and Main

The South Carolina Honors College will host its 17th Annual Homecoming Champagne Brunch in the Honors Residence Honeycomb Cafe on the corner of Blossom and Main from 9 a.m. to noon, regardless of game time.  The event is free.  Alumni must register at by Nov. 8 at noon.

College of Engineering and Computing Homecoming Barbecue
Saturday, Nov. 10, three hours prior to kickoff
Swearingen Center Courtyard

Meet in the Swearingen Center Courtyard three hours prior to kickoff for great food and fellowship.  For more information email or call 803-777-0774.

Black Alumni Council Annual Tailgate Event
Saturday, Nov. 10, two hours prior to kick-off
Bernie's, Bluff Road

Join us two hours prior to kickoff for food and fun at Bernie's on Bluff Road.  The cost is $12 per person.  Order tickets from the My Carolina online registration form,

Preston Residential College Homecoming Events
(times are tentative)

Thursday, Nov. 8

4 p.m. - Games on the Horseshoe

5:30 p.m. - FEDEx Dinner (location TBD)

Friday, Nov. 9

Noon - Lunch at Preston Dining Hall

3 p.m. - Homecoming Parade on Greene Street in front of Preston

After parade - Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the backyard of Preston

Saturday, Nov. 10

Homecoming Flash Mob (more information to come)

Sunday, Nov. 11

9 a.m. - Breakfast at the Grand Marketplace

12:30 p.m. - Lunch at Groucho's

Register for the Preston Reunion events here!

Thank you to Nationwide,, the Sheraton Columbia
Downtown Hotel
and Balfour for helping to make this event possible!

Contact Information
Lynn Bradley
Alumni Engagement
(803) 777-4111
(803) 777-6263
Date & Location
Date: 11/9/2012 to 11/10/2012
Location: Columbia, SC

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