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2015 Schedule of Events

 

Friday, October 2 

Hospitality and Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center
Pick up your welcome packet with updated schedule information, grab some snacks, and meet one of our student Family Weekend Ambassadors.

 

Tour: Mace Brown Museum of Natural History
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
202 Calhoun Street, 2nd Floor
The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is home to a Natural History Museum that displays more than 3,000 fossil specimens in a new facility.  The museum is located on the second floor of the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building.

 

Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
161 Calhoun Street, Cato Center
Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley will be on view at the Halsey Institute from August 21 to October 10, 2015, and will feature a selection of the artist’s assemblage works from 1984 to 2015.  Lonnie Holley incorporates natural and man-made objects already imbued with cultural and artistic associations, into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 40 works on loan from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta.

 

Lunch on Your Own
Enjoy a meal on campus in one of our outstanding dining facilities, or treat your student to lunch in downtown Charleston.

 

Presentation:  Connecting 2 Hope: Helping Students & Families at Risk
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Counseling & Substance Abuse Services (CASAS)
Robert Scott Small Building, 175 Calhoun St.
Enter off Cougar Mall – across from Maybank Hall
Learn how to recognize a mental health emergency, and how you can help a person at risk find the help that they need. Presented by Rachael McNamara, Health Educator in Counseling & Substance Abuse Services

 

Tour: Avery Research Center
2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
125 Bull Street
The only center of its kind in the Southeast, Avery is an archive and museum where the culture of African Americans in the South Carolina Lowcountry is collected, preserved and documented.

 

Tour: Campus 
10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Meet in the Craig Hall Courtyard, 65 George Street
Experience the beauty and history of the College of Charleston as our student tour guides lead you on a 60-minute walking tour of campus.  (First come, first serve; max 30 participants per tour)

 

Panel Discussion: Tapping Into Student Support Services
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom, 4th Floor
71 George St.
Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with professionals from Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Academic Advising, Career Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Religious Life Council, Center for Student Learning, Disability Services, and the Office of Institutional Diversity to learn more about the resources available to your student at the College of Charleston. 

 

Presentation: Office of Sustainability
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Stern Student Center, Room 205,
71 George Street
Join the Office of Sustainability to hear how they define sustainability at CofC, how your student’s involvement in sustainable efforts can prepare him/her for a career after graduation, and learn more about student driven campus projects; including zero waste, outreach and marketing, garden apprenticeship program, bike share, and how we are working to build a more sustainable community.   Presented by Brian Fisher, Director of the Office of Sustainability

 

Welcome Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall in Randolph Hall
Meet other families, tour the first classroom at the College of Charleston, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres as faculty and staff welcome you to campus. 

 

Gullah/Geechee Storytelling
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall in Randolph Hall
Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn about Lowcountry traditions from an authentic Gullah/Geechee storyteller.

 

Jewish Student Union Shabbat Celebration
5:45 p.m.
Jewish Student Center, 96 Wentworth St.
Join JSU/Hillel for a student-led Shabbat service, followed by a Kosher Shabbat dinner prepared in our dairy kitchen.  All Shabbat dinners are free of charge.

 

Dinner on Your Own
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Spend the evening dining with your student at one of Charleston’s amazing local restaurants.

 

Jazz at Eight
8:00 p.m.
Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip Street
Enjoy the sizzling sounds of the College of Charleston Jazz Ensemble. Proceeds benefit the Jazz Scholarship Fund.
$10/person (pay at door); Free for CofC students with Cougar Card

 

Improv Night with Theatre 99
8:00 p.m., Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom, 4th Floor
71 George St.
The Cougar Activities Board (CAB) would like to invite you to a night of original, never-gonna-see-it-again hilarity with the cast of Theatre 99.  Shows may contain adult language and are typically rated PG-13. (No ticket necessary.  Seating is first come, first serve.)

 

Tour:  Haunted Jail
8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., & 11:00 p.m.
The Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St.
Join us for a 45 minute behind the scenes tour of The Old City Jail, which housed some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals.  (Max 22 participants per tour)  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to current CofC students with their Cougar Card on Thursday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m., in the Stern Student Center Lobby.  Students may pick up tickets for their family members who have registered for Family Weekend.

 

Saturday, October 3

Hospitality and Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center
Pick up your welcome packet with updated schedule information, grab some snacks, and meet one of our student Family Weekend Ambassadors.

 

Parents’ Listserv Meet and Greet
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Stern Student Center, Room 205
71 George St.
Meet staff, parents, and family members who participate in the CofC Parents’ Listserv.

 

Conversations with the Presidents
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom, 4th Floor
71 George St.
Our new Executive Vice President and Student Government Association President will welcome you to campus and provide an update on the College, followed by a question-and-answer period.

 

Family Portraits on the Cistern Yard
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cistern Yard
Make your Family Weekend memories last a little longer with a family portrait taken on the Cistern Yard. (First come, first serve; max of 50 family portraits)  Portraits will be available for free on the Family Weekend website and Facebook page. Prints may be purchased up to 60 days after Family Weekend from Karson Photography at http://karsonphotography.smugmug.com/Commercial/College-of-Charleston/FamilyWeekend2014/

 

Tour: Campus 
10:30 a.m.
Meet in the Craig Hall Courtyard, 65 George Street
Experience the beauty and history of the College of Charleston as our student tour guides lead you on a 60-minute walking tour of campus.  (First come, first serve; max 30 participants per tour)

 

Panel Discussion: Tapping Into Student Support Services
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beatty Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 115
If you missed the discussion on Friday afternoon, join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with professionals from Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Academic Advising, Career Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Religious Life Council, Center for Student Learning, Disability Services, and the Office of Institutional Diversity to learn more about the resources available to your student at the College of Charleston. 

 

Presentation:  Careers in Hospitality and Tourism Management
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tate Center, Room 202
What should you know to help your student prepare for a career in hospitality and tourism?  What are the course and internship requirements?  What does it take to be a competitive applicant, and when should one apply for job?  This session, designed for parents and their students, offers information on various types of professions in hospitality and tourism and how to successfully prepare for a career.  Presenter: Wayne W. Smith, PhD., Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

 

Tour: Mace Brown Museum of Natural History
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
202 Calhoun Street, 2nd Floor
The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is home to a Natural History Museum that displays more than 3,000 fossil specimens in a new facility.  The museum is located on the second floor of the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building.

 

Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
161 Calhoun Street, Cato Center
Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley will be on view at the Halsey Institute from August 21 to October 10, 2015, and will feature a selection of the artist’s assemblage works from 1984 to 2015.  Lonnie Holley incorporates natural and man-made objects already imbued with cultural and artistic associations, into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 40 works on loan from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta.

 

Lunch on Your Own
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a meal on campus in one of our outstanding dining facilities, or treat your student to lunch in downtown Charleston.

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Charleston
1:00 p.m. (45 minutes-1 hour)
Meet in front of Randolph Hall at the Cistern.
Join a local guide for a tour of the historic College neighborhood. (First come, first serve; max 40 participants per group)

 

Women’s Volley Ball vs. University of Delaware
1:00 p.m.
TD Arena

 

Tour:  TD Arena
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (every 30 minutes)
Meet in the arena lobby, next to the ticket booth.
Ever wonder what it is like behind the scenes of a Division I athletics arena?  Join us for a tour and see where the athletics train and play. 

 

Student Organization Showcase & Fundraising Fair
Hosted by the Student Government Association
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cistern Yard
Check out our talented students as they showcase their gifts and abilities; and help their clubs and organizations raise money for conferences, research, and special events.

 

Panel Discussion: Academic Showcase
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Beatty Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 115
Join professors from various academic departments to learn more about some of the specialized majors at CofC.

 

Presentation: Fraternity & Sorority Life
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Education Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St.
Join the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to learn more about opportunities for your student to develop through scholarship, community service, campus involvement, leadership, and fraternal friendship.  Presented by Sarah Loge, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Charleston
3:30 p.m. (45 minutes-1 hour)
Meet in front of Randolph Hall at the Cistern.
Join a local guide for a tour of the historic College neighborhood. (First come, first serve; max 40 participants per group)

 

Dinner on Your Own
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Spend the evening dining with your student at one of Charleston’s amazing local restaurants.

 

Improv Night with Theatre 99
8:00 p.m., Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St., above The Bicycle Shoppe
The Cougar Activities Board (CAB) would like to invite you to a night of original, never-gonna-see-it-again hilarity with the cast of Theatre 99.  Shows may contain adult language and are typically rated PG-13.  (Cash bar available.) Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to current CofC students with their Cougar Card on Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m., in the Stern Student Center Lobby.  Students may pick up tickets for their family members who have registered for Family Weekend.

 

Tour:  Haunted Jail
8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., & 11:00 p.m.
The Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St.
Join us for a 45 minute behind the scenes tour of The Old City Jail, which housed some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals.  (Max 22 participants per tour)  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to current CofC students with their Cougar Card on Thursday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m., in the Stern Student Center Lobby.  Students may pick up tickets for their registered family members.

 

Sunday, October 4

Family Yoga
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
River’s Green, next to Addlestone Library
(Rain location: Counseling and Substance Abuse Services, Robert Scott Small Building, 175 Calhoun St., Enter off Cougar Mall – across from Maybank Hall.)
Enjoy a relaxing morning with your family and learn to develop a better body and better state of being through the wonderful practice of yoga.

 

Family Portraits on the Mall
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet on Cougar Mall; next to the fountain
Make your Family Weekend memories last a little longer with a family portrait taken by our beautiful fountain behind Randolph Hall.  Portraits will be available for free on the Family Weekend website and Facebook page.  Prints may be purchased up to 60 days after Family Weekend from Karson Photography at http://karsonphotography.smugmug.com/Commercial/College-of-Charleston/FamilyWeekend2014/

 

Bluegrass & Brunch
Featuring “The Bluestone Ramblers”
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cistern Yard
Connect with other families, faculty members, departments, and student while enjoying a savory combination of brunch and local bluegrass.  (Rain location: Silcox Gymnasium)

 

Women’s Volley Ball vs. Northeastern University
1:00 p.m.
TD Arena

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