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  • 2020 HRSM AT HOMEcoming virtual spirit week! Oct. 12-16


The 2020 HRSM AT HOMEcoming Celebration was held October 12 – 16, featuring virtual alumni awards, wine tastings and cooking demos, and events with HRSM legends!

Thank you to the 2020 HRSM Homecoming Sponsors!

Platinum: David Cárdenas; Tommy Kelaher, ’01; Darron Kirkley, 07, 08, 10; Michelle Knight, ’14, 19
Gold: Kevin Ayres, 99; Aisha Haynes, ’04; Olivia Hyatt, ’11; Wendy Olliff, 20
Silver: Marie Basil, 15; Riley Cain, 14; Tena Crews; Georgia Petritsis; DeAnna Risher

2020 HRSM AT HOMEcoming
Calendar of Events

Outstanding Alumni and Friends of the College Award

Monday: Alumni and Friends Award Winners

Meet the winners of the 2020 HRSM Distinguished Alumni and Friends Awards! The awards recognize alumni for distinction in their fields and in their communities.

Wine glasses toasting against sunset

Wine Wednesday: Virtual Tasting

Here’s a health, Carolina! Let’s raise a glass together from all over the world, as hospitality management instructor and wine experts Sandy Strick, Ph.D. and Alumna Dana Bergen (MIHTM, '13) lead a virtual tasting. We’ll provide a wine list in advance so you can sip along.

photo grid of Pat Moody, Frank Roach, Sandy Strick, Tom Regan and others

Throwback Thursday: Legendary Leaders Panel 

Join Dean Matt Brown and Alumni Relations Director Tina Weeks Weaver for a fun and nostalgic  discussion with some of the legends of HRSM:  Cathy Gustafson, Pat Moody, Charlie Partlow, Tom Regan, Frank Roach, Don Stowe and Sandy Strick. These current and retired faculty and college leaders have played pivotal roles in shaping the college and the lives and careers of our alumni through their decades of service.  Hear some great stories from the college's beginning and present day, and reminisce about your college days together.

Robby Lybrand

Friday: Grilling with Gamecocks

We can’t tailgate together this year, but we can still enjoy great food while we watch the game! Join us for an online cooking demo and discussion with McCutchen House chefs, Robby Lybrand and Chris Knezevich, as they prepare some Gamecock gameday treats. 

Couple online together

Online Silent Auction

Our silent auction has always been one of the highlights of our homecoming party and an important scholarship fundraiser. While a grand auction isn't in the cards for 2020, we're taking the opportunity to innovate in the face of adversity. Help us pilot test our new online auction software this year with a few select items to bid on October 12-16. We look forward to expanding on this new offering in years to come.

Donations and Sponsorships

The HRSM alumni homecoming party has always been an important fundraiser that supports student scholarships and the HRSM Alumni Society Fund. We know that many people are not in a position to give this year, so our goal for At HOMEcoming is simply to provide an opportunity to engage and connect with fellow HRSM family and friends.  But, for those who would still like to make a donation there are opportunities to give listed below.

You can make a donation of any amount to support the HRSM Alumni Society Fund by clicking here. 

We would love to still recognize those who would like to be "AT HOMEcoming Sponsors." Sponsors will receive HRSM wine glasses, an HRSM swag bag and recognition on the website. To be recognized as a sponsor, simply make a donation to the HRSM Alumni Society Fund at one of the amounts listed below by October 16.

Silver Sponsor — $50.00
Gold Sponsor — $100.00
Platinum Sponsor — $250.00

Support the Alumni Society Fund

Make a donation to the Silent Auction

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