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USC Move In, Welcome Week media packet

Move-In 2011: By the Numbers

Editor’s note: Numbers relating to the incoming freshman class are preliminary.

7,281 ---- The number of undergraduates who will live on campus this year in residence halls and Greek Village houses.

4,550 ---- The estimated number of students in the university’s freshman class.

30,000 ---- The estimated student population on the Columbia campus. There are approximately 45,000 students across the eight-system USC campus.

97 ---- The estimated percentage of freshmen who will live on campus, an important number as research shows new students who live on campus are more involved in campus life and develop stronger social networks.

63 ---- The expected number of high-school valedictorians in the freshman class.

5 ---- The top five states (in order) where out-of-state freshmen hail from are North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and New Jersey. South Carolinians make up 58 percent of the freshman class.

344 ---- The estimated number of freshmen who will enter South Carolina Honors College this fall.

546 ---- The estimated number of freshmen who will enter the Capstone Scholars Program.

544 ---- The number of students who will live in the newly remodeled Patterson residence hall. The major renovation included a conversion to suite-style units and an updated lobby.

97 ---- The estimated percentage of freshmen from South Carolina who will enter the university having earned an academic scholarship (HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows) from the state of South Carolina.

113 ---- The number of events sponsored by 46 organizations over nine days during Welcome Week.

6,825 ---- The number of books pre-packaged by the University Bookstore (Barnes & Noble, Russell House) for students to pick up.

3,200+ ---- The number of book titles available for rent at University Bookstore, an option that cuts student book costs by more than half.

240+ ---- The number of faculty, staff and student volunteers who will help students and their families move belongings into rooms. More than 400 additional staff will help students by opening their service offices.

98,800 ---- The number of Chick-fil-A sandwiches sold in Gamecock Park (Russell House University Union) last school year.

4.4 million ---- The number of meals served annually in the 27 on-campus dining units.

71, 000 ---- The number of pizzas eaten each year at the Pizza Hut and Pandini’s restaurants on campus.

46,600 ---- The pounds of chicken fingers consumed on campus by university students last year.

52,600 ---- The number of bagels Einstein’s served on campus last year.

More than 100,000 ---- The number of meals prepared at the Russell House University Union each week during the academic year.

39 ---- The percentage of South Carolina-grown produce served in USC dining units.

55,000 ---- The number of packages delivered at the Student Mail Center during the course of the school year.

10 ---- The tons of cardboard expected to be collected and recycled this weekend (based on fall 2010 move-in numbers).

400 + ---- The number of recycling containers found in academic facilities.

103,885 ---- The average pounds of materials recycled each month on campus.

55 ---- The estimated percentage of females in this year’s freshman class, which reflects a nationwide trend as more young women enroll in college.

19 ---- The estimated number of sets of twins entering Carolina this fall as freshmen.

1 ---- The estimated number of sets of triplets entering Carolina this fall as freshmen.

39 & 13 ---- The estimated number of states (plus the District of Columbia) and countries represented in the freshman class.

164 ---- The estimated number of student-athletes in the freshman class.

984 ---- The number of students who studied abroad last year.

56 ---- The number of countries in which USC students studied abroad last year, including Spain, South Africa, Denmark and Kenya.

588,705 ---- The dollar value of study-abroad scholarships earned by USC students last year, a 51.5 percent increase from the previous year.

4,878 ---- The number of rooms in the university’s 24 residence halls and 20 homes in the Greek Village.

226 ---- The number of residence-hall mentors.

387 ---- The number of registered student organizations (52 new organizations started last year).

35 ---- The number of new Freshman Council members who will represent the largest freshman class in the university’s history.

50 ---- The number of student senators representing colleges across the university.

6 ---- The number of student government members who represent the university in Washington for meetings with elected officials during spring break.

9,200 ---- The number of students involved in Student Health Services outreach activities last year.

50,921 ---- The number of patient and client visits to Student Health Services departments last year.

2,113 ---- The number of flu shots administered by the Student Health Services last year.

29,536 ---- The number of prescriptions filled by the Student Health Services pharmacy last year.

997 ---- The number of nutrition consults on campus last year, including 951 for students.

1,371 ---- The number of screenings for body fat percentage, including 1,080 for students and 291 for faculty and staff.

14 ---- The number of registered religious workers who serve the spiritual needs of students and the university community.

31 ---- The number of religious student organizations on campus.

25 ---- The number of buses that will take freshmen to Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday, Aug.13, for First-Night Carolina.

178 ---- The number of sections of University 101. About 3,700 university freshmen are registered to take the course, which is designed to help students successfully make the transition to college life.

12,000 ---- The number of issues of The Daily Gamecock, the university’s student newspaper, delivered on campus each weekday.

17 ---- The Daily Gamecock's national ranking in the Princeton Review, out of 376 schools rated by the publication. It's the only student newspaper in the state to make the Top-20 list.

70 ---- The number of Minority Assistance Peer Program mentors, a program designed to help minority students make a smooth transition from high school to college.

80,000 ---- The number of tours and visit appointments planned for the fall 2012 class.

12,705 ---- The number of parents who are registered for the university’s Parents Association.

105 ---- The number of countries represented by international students at the university.

1,399 ---- The number of international students at all USC campuses.

58,689 ---- The number of students who attended football games during the 2010 season.

2 ---- The number of NCAA national championships won by the USC baseball team in the past two years.

40 ---- The tons of equipment housed in the weight room at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, one of the nation’s premiere collegiate facilities of its kind.

38 ---- The number of fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina.

4,057 ---- The number of fraternity and sorority members on campus.

120,000 ---- The number of hours served in the community by fraternity and sorority members in 2010-11.

20 ---- The number of houses in the university’s Greek Village, where 743 residents live.

40 ---- The estimated percentage of freshmen who will participate in fraternity and sorority recruitment this fall.

1,300 ---- The number of women expected to participate in sorority recruitment this fall, an increase of nearly 200 from last year.

600,000 ---- The charity dollars raised by fraternity and sorority members last year.

146 ---- The number of trees planted in 2010-11 by Outdoor Recreation in its ongoing efforts to be a carbon-neutral department.

2,800+ ---- The number of intramural games played each year.

11,080 ---- The number of attendees during Homecoming Week 2010 events.

130 ---- The number of organizations at spring and fall Student Organization Fairs in 2010-11.


Welcome Week Events — Media Opportunities

Welcome Week at the University of South Carolina offers many visual and story opportunities for broadcast and print media to capture the excitement of students moving into residence halls and preparing for classes. Below are some of the best opportunities for media. To coordinate coverage and interviews, call Megan Sexton in the Office of News and Internal Communications at 803-777-5400 or by cell at 803-315-5904.

Saturday, Aug. 13 — Move in!

Capture the fun as more than 7,200 students move to campus. This year, the fully renovated, suite-style Patterson residence hall will become home for 544 young women. Strong visual opportunities are in the morning from 9 a.m. until noon at Capstone House (Barnwell Street), Patterson (Bull Street) and the Honors Residence (Sumter Street).The Russell House University Union on Greene Street will be filled with students picking up their pre-packaged text books. A Parents Program tent also will be set up.

Saturday, Aug. 13 — First Night Carolina

Students will board 25 buses at 8 p.m. in front of the Russell House University Union and head to Williams-Brice Stadium to celebrate the start of the school year with an old-fashioned pep rally. The fun runs from 9 p.m. until midnight. Like Gamecock football players, students can run through the fog-filled tunnels into the stadium while “2001” plays. Joe Wright, student-body president, will welcome the students. Special guests this year will be Gamecock basketball coaches Dawn Staley and Darrin Horn and Dr. Larry Durstine, chairman of the department of exercise science in USC’s Arnold School of Public Health. Rounding out the fun will be cheerleaders, Cocky, a fireworks show and a party with music and food.

Sunday, Aug. 14 — Convocation

New students and their families are formally welcomed to campus at the 2011 Convocation at 4 p.m. in the Carolina Coliseum. Students, parents, faculty and staff gather to mark a new beginning and learn about the Carolinian Creed and the expectations for the coming year. The program will feature remarks by USC President Harris Pastides; Joe Wright, student body president; James Kutsinger, 2011 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year; Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice president for student affairs, vice provost for academic support and dean of students; and university Provost Dr. Michael Amiridis. There will be a reception on the concourse after the ceremony.

Sunday, Aug. 14 — Outdoor movie night

More than 1,000 students are expected to gather for an outdoor movie screening of Ben Stiller's comedy, "Little Fockers" on the big screen at 9 p.m. at the Blatt PE Fields on Wheat Street. Students will bring blankets and towels and settle in for a showing of the movie, complete with popcorn.

Monday, Aug. 15 — First-Year Reading Experience

This summer, the university’s incoming freshmen read “No Impact Man.” Students will gather at the Carolina Coliseum at 9 a.m. to hear author Colin Beavan talk about his book, which chronicles the year he spent trying to make as little environmental impact as possible. After the talk, students will break into small groups to discuss the book with faculty and staff leaders. Now in its 18th year, the First-Year Reading Experience provides all freshmen with a common academic experience they can share and discuss.

Monday, Aug. 15 — Bustle at the Russell

The Russell House is the place to make friends and get connected. Bustle at the Rustle, starting at 9 p.m., features free food, stand-up comedy, a DJ dance party, team trivia and prizes.

Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16 – What’s the Big Deal About Sweet Tea?

This always-popular event gives new out-of-state students a primer on the South, Southern culture, USC traditions and all the tips, resources and information they need to be successful socially and academically. Students learn about programs specially designed for out-of-state students, and they will get to taste favorite Southern foods such as fried green tomatoes, grits and, of course, sweet tea. It all takes place from 2 - 4 p.m. in Russell House University Union, Room 315.

Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Opportunity Knocks Part-Time Job Fair

Carolina students looking to find part-time work can get tips and learn about part-time job opportunities at the Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair from noon until 3 p.m. in the Russell House University Union ballroom. Hosted by the USC Career Center, the fair will feature on-campus offices and local employers looking to hire students.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Time for Service: Lady Street Cleanup

It’s never too soon to start giving back. Students will join members of the Carolina Service Council for some relaxed service and social time. The group will meet in front of the Russell House at 4 p.m. and walk to downtown Columbia to clean up Lady Street.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Minority Student Welcome

All incoming freshmen students of color will have the opportunity to meet one another along with leaders of multicultural student organizations, and to interact with member of the faculty and administration. The event starts at 4 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom, and is followed at 5 p.m. with the Association of African American Students Welcome Back Cookout on the Russell House patio.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Cool-Off Carolina

Cool-Off Carolina, the annual pool party at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, kicks off at 11 a.m. Hosted by the Carolina Alumni Association’s Student Member Program, it features free food, games and prizes.

Thursday, Aug. 18 — Classes begin!

The semester begins. Carolina students head to class.

Thursday, Aug. 18 — I Survived the First Day of Classes Cookout

Students celebrate making it through their first day as Carolina students at a special cookout at 5:30 p.m. at Bates Diner. University administrators and Cocky will be there, and the first 300 students will receive a T-shirt proclaiming: “I Survived the First Day of Classes at the University of South Carolina.”

Thursday, Aug. 18 — Merchants Fair

Students have the chance to interact with businesses and merchants in the Columbia area at the annual Merchants Fair, starting at 11 a.m. on Greene Street. Participating companies include banks, restaurants, clothing stores and more.

Friday, Aug. 19 — Carolina After Dark

Carolina After Dark, set for Russell House University Union from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., is a great way for students to meet and have fun. Students will make bumper stickers and photo flip books, win prizes and enjoy food and friends.

Saturday, Aug. 20 — Service Saturday

After reading “No Impact Man,” students will be ready to take sustainability into their own hands. Service Saturday starts at 10 a.m. and features hands-on service on sustainability-related projects at non-profit agencies in Columbia.


Move-in/Welcome Week Tip Sheet 2011

University of South Carolina students moving to campus and the start of the academic year offer print and broadcast media good story and visual opportunities. Here are a few story ideas and a glance at what’s new on campus. To coordinate coverage, call Megan Sexton at 803-777-5400 or 803-315-5904 (cell).

Carolina Global Living/Learning Community

Living/Learning communities offer students an experience to live on campus with students who share a particular interest. New this year: The Maxcy residence hall goes global, becoming the new home for the international living/learning community. The Carolina Global Community will offer 180 residents the opportunity to participate in internationally themed programming and experience diversity and culture from around the world.

Patterson renovation

Residence halls at USC become a home away from home and offer the chance for students to get connected to the university. This year, the university reopens Patterson, a residence hall originally built in 1967. Patterson was closed last year and fully renovated to a suite-style residence hall that will accommodate 544 young women this year.

First-Year Reading Experience brings No Impact Man to campus

This summer, the university’s incoming freshmen read “No Impact Man,” by Colin Beavan. Students will gather at the Carolina Coliseum at 9 a.m. to hear the author talk about his book, which chronicles the year he and his family spent living off the grid in New York City, trying to make as little environmental impact as possible. The book attracted broad public attention to the range of pressing environment problems, including food system sustainability, climate change, water scarcity and materials and energy resource depletion. Beavan was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007.

After Beavan’s talk, students will break into small groups to discuss the book with faculty and staff leaders. Now in its 18th year, the First-Year Reading Experience provides all freshmen with a common academic experience that they can share and discuss.

Dining offers new flavors for the new year

Options for eating on campus continue to expand at the 27 dining locations across USC. Among the additions: Mein Bowl, an Asian concept, has been added to the Grand Market Place; turkey burgers will be available on all on-campus restaurant grill menus; breakfast items will now be served at late-night on-campus restaurants that are open until 3 a.m.; Balanced Way meal options are on all hot lines; and ice cream has been added to the menu at Freshens on the first floor of the Russell House. For the environmentally conscious, an eco-cup will be sold for $5.99 to encourage students to cut down on paper usage, and the Planet Change program will continue, offering a 10-percent discount to students who use all china and glassware instead of a to-go box. For those using to-go boxes, new 100-percent compostable clam-shell style boxes will be available.

The Grand Market Place in the Russell House has a new look, with 100 additional seats, as well as new carpet and furniture.


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