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Carolina's Bicentennial year offered numerous opportunities for celebration and commemoration. In addition to a wide variety of events throughout 2001, there were several special projects that captured the spirit of the Bicentennial. Click on the links below to see descriptions of the projects listed. For more information about the following projects and exhibits, please call the Bicentennial Office at 803-777-1801.

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Meet in the Middle

Semester of Service

A.C. Moore Garden Project

Audubon and Others: A Bicentennial Celebration

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Horseshoe Banner Exhibit

Two Hundred Years of USC's Libraries

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The Educational Outreach Committee recognizes the unique changes and challenges that face students in middle school and thus created an outreach project that focuses on the middle grades. The goal of Meet in the Middle is to strengthen partnerships between communities throughout South Carolina and middle schools in their areas. With its potential statewide impact and its focus on future college students, this outreach project captures the spirit of the overall bicentennial mission and purpose. The overall goal of Meet in the Middle is to encourage middle school students to begin preparing for college. We want volunteers to take this message to students through guest speaking engagements, mentoring, "Lunch Buddies" and/or other ways that would best benefit the schools and give volunteers and students the opportunity to meet together. Please contact us by email ( or call the Bicentennial Office (803-777-1801) to get involved in Meet in the to meet in the middle photo album

To see a list of participating schools, click here.

U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley and State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum were the highlights of the Meet in the Middle launch ceremony on January 11. To see the Meet in the Middle launch ceremony photo album, click here.

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Semester of Service was a project of the University of South Carolina Bicentennial Celebration to encourage students to reach out to the community and recognize those students and organizations that contribute to the Carolina Community through service. Semester of Service took place both spring and fall semesters of 2001 to coincide with the founding year of the university, 1801. Semester of Service awards will be presented at Awards Day, April 18, 2002.

To find out more about Semester of Service, click here.

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The A.C. Moore Garden, located at the corner of Blossom and Pickens Streets in Columbia, was rededicated on November 27, 2001, exactly sixty years after the garden's original dedication. The rededication ceremony came nearly three years after the A.C. Moore Garden Restoration Committee began work as part of the University's bicentennial. For more about the A.C. Moore Garden restoration and rededication ceremony, click here.

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As a project of the Bicentennial Student Events Committee and the Division of Student and Alumni Services, the student body voted for six individuals who most embody the Carolinian Creed. Students selected the individuals from 69 total nominees in the following categories:

  • Art, Entertainment, Pop Culture and Sports
  • Business, Industry, Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Education, Literature and Media
  • Politics, Law, World Figures and Government
  • Religion
  • Alumni

Click here to see the six winners.

Student organizations and academic departments brought three of these six individuals to campus during the bicentennial year.

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usc horseshoe banner tour

A stroll around the Horseshoe has always been a walk through USC's earliest history, but throughout the Bicentennial year, that history takes on a new look with the addition of archival photography. Photo banners on the Horseshoe lanterns depict USC's many past generations. Coupled with the Bicentennial logo, these banners offer a special opportunity to commemorate Carolina's rich, 200-year history.

Click here for a tour of the Horseshoe Bicentennial Banners.

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