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The University Events webpage provides a central location to access events on campus and in the surrounding community. You may navigate the site to search for events by category and date. This calendar is not exhaustive, but does include information you may not find anywhere else.

On the Faculty and Staff Announcements page, you may sort announcements by topic, college or school, as well as view announcement archives.

The Center for Teaching Excellence announces upcoming teaching-related events, workshops and grant opportunities through a subscriber listserv. The CTE also publishes a printed semester calendar distributed to departments, and maintains an Events Calendar. Subscribe to the CTE Listserv.

Communications and Public Affairs distributes news, campus information and faculty spotlight stories through their weekly news digest @USC. Sign up to receive the online digest.

The Daily Gamecock is the student newspaper, distributed widely across campus and available through newsstands. Pick one up to read about the latest news, sports, arts and cultural events, and student perspectives. Sign-up to receive the email addition.

Dining on Campus

Find great eats anywhere you're on campus. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in more than 30 unique dining places from the Green Quad to the Horseshoe. Whether you need a healthy breakfast, quick  lunch, or a late-night snack, you'll find just what you're craving.  Meal plans are also available to add value, flexibility, and convenience to your dining and campus experience.

Faculty also enjoy the McCutchen House on the Horseshoe, which is operated by the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Under the close supervision of the director, and professional chefs, HRTM students prepare and serve a gourmet lunch buffet Tuesday – Friday during the fall and spring semesters. 

Mobile food ordering is available using Grubhub, a mobile app that allows you to order food and drinks on campus, and then pick up your order on the go. 

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides safe, accessible recreation services, programs and facilities to the greater university community. The Campus Recreation team maintains the university's two comprehensive wellness, fitness and recreation centers plus the university's diverse fitness programs

The Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center (Blatt PEC), located on Wheat Street, is available to all University of South Carolina students, faculty, and staff with a valid University of South Carolina-Columbia CarolinaCard. Family memberships are also available, and locker rental and towel service are available options. Students, faculty, staff and alumni members of the Blatt Center can use the university's Wheat Street tennis courts.

The Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center (STFC) is located on the corner of Assembly and Blossom Streets and is a comprehensive fitness facility. A membership fee is required for faculty and staff and can be payroll deducted. New faculty are offered a 30-day free trial.

The Columbia campus is full of pedestrian-friendly routes. Use the Fit Walk Paths Map to plan a run or walk that fits your location and schedule.

An athletic trainer is a healthcare professional who works with doctors to prevent, diagnose and treat sports-related injuries and medical conditions. Athletic Trainer Services are free for USC students, faculty and staff with a valid CarolinaCard.

Outdoor Recreation Hub offers equipment rentals, and basic bike repairs. Find the land and water equipment you need to make your outdoor adventure more comfortable and safe. Get tents, backpacks, stoves, cook sets, headlamps, sleeping bags and pads, canoes, car-top carriers, and many other items to make your travels easier. Affordable rentals are available by the day, weekend or a full week.

Campus Recreation offers Outdoor Recreation that  includes day or overnight Adventure Trips to area destinations where you can build new skills and learn about sustainability and conservation. Trips are open to all USC students, faculty and staff. All trips will only require beginner skill levels, unless otherwise noted.

Athletic Events

Gamecock athletic ticket information for faculty is available through policy ATHL 2.00. Many sporting events are free for faculty. For information on events requiring tickets, you may contact the ticket office online at the Gamecocks Ticket Office.

**The University of South Carolina implemented a clear bag policy for all ticketed athletics events.

Why Gamecocks? 

One possible source for the first link between USC and the gamecock mascot lies with a nickname of Thomas Sumter, one of South Carolina's storied military figures. Sumter energized South Carolina in its fight against the British during the American Revolutionary War. Sumter regularly donned the colors of the gamecock, and he was well-known for his fearlessness in battle. Historic letters and other records indicate that by the 1840s, South Carolinians were praising Sumter as the "Fighting Gamecock." The gamecock first appeared as the USC mascot in 1902.

Cocky is the costumed mascot of the University of South Carolina athletics teams. Cocky has garnered national recognition, and has won numerous mascot awards, with his unrivaled Gamecock enthusiasm and fabulous fighting rooster attire! Be sure to check out one of his most recognized and highly lauded athletic event entrances, appearing magically from a black box to the song “2001: A Space Odyssey" which can be experienced at every home football game. A 773 pound bronze likeness of Cocky can be seen in front of Davis College, near the Russell House and the Melton Observatory.

Campus Landmarks


The Horseshoe

A visit to the University of South Carolina isn't complete without a glimpse of its historic Horseshoe. The U-shaped formation of the original campus has seen more than two centuries of history unfold, earning a position on the National Register of Historic Places. The first building, Rutledge, was completed in 1805, and all of the remaining buildings were completed in the 19th century, with the exception of McKissick, which was completed in 1940.  Read more about the rich history of the University of South Carolina.

Thomas Cooper Library

Thomas Cooper Library

The Thomas Cooper Library (TCL) is located at 1322 Greene Street and is the primary library for students at USC. It houses seven levels of research materials, subject matter experts, and partner organizations. Housed within the Thomas Cooper Library are the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library and the Dorothy B. Smith Reading Room, which contain the Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC), and Digital Collections. 

Russell House University Union

Russell House University Union

The Russell House University Union is located at 1400 Greene Street, and is home to many resources and retail options for faculty, staff, students, and the public as well. It is conveniently located near the Horseshoe and the Thomas Cooper Library, and is a place you will probably become familiar with very quickly.

Williams Brice Stadium

Williams-Brice Stadium

Williams-Brice Stadium (WMBR) is home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football program. It is recognized as one of the finest facilities in all of college football, is a national leader in fan attendance, and has a total seating capacity of 80,250.

Colonial Life Arena

Colonial Life Arena

Colonial Life Arena (COLNLF) is located at 801 Lincoln Street, and is a multipurpose arena and home to Carolina's men's and women's basketball teams. The 18,000-seat arena opened as a replacement for the Carolina Coliseum and is the host site for conferences, concerts and university commencement ceremonies throughout the year. It is the largest arena in the state of South Carolina and one of the nation's largest college arenas.

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