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2016 Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
Hospitality and Check-In
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center
Pick up your welcome packet, 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.
School of Sciences and Mathematics Building, 2nd floor
The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is home to a display of more than 3,000 fossil specimens.

Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Cato Center for the Arts
A solo exhibition featuring the work of an artist profoundly involved in exploring the state of black existence – life and death – today. Pecou asks, “Under looming threat of death, how might we inspire life?”

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
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Counseling and Substance Abuse Services, Suite 300
Robert Scott Small Building
Learn how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to find help for someone at risk.

Tour: Avery Research Center
2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
125 Bull Street
Explore this archive and museum of African American culture in the Lowcountry, the only center of its kind in the Southeast.

Presentation: Turning a Degree into Dollars
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Stern Student Center, Room 205
Discover how your student can take advantage of the Career Center’s varied resources, including assessments, help deciding on majors, a jobs database, and tools for the job and graduate-school market.

Presentation: How to Have Academic Conversations with Your Student
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom
Join the assistant director of the Center for Student Learning for an interactive session on how to assist your student in achieving academic excellence.

Presentation: Eye on Academics: Hispanic Studies
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center, Room 206
Mark P. Del Mastro, PhD, chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies, will provide a brief overview of the Hispanic studies programs and their benefits for all majors. Followed by Q&A.

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

Histo-Musical Presentation by Queen Quet
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom
Get edutained by the Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation through craft demonstrations, history, language and other traditions from the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Jewish Student Union Shabbat Celebration
5:45 p.m.
Jewish Studies Center
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.
Let your student pick a favorite spot!

Jazz at 7:30
7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts
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

Family Feud Game Show
8:30 p.m., Doors at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom
The Cougar Activities Board invites you and your family to compete in a variation of the popular game show, “Family Feud.” Participating families will have their names pulled for 4-5 rounds of fun and prizes!

Tour: Haunted Jail
8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., & 10:00 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 25 participants per tour) Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to CofC students with their Cougar Card on Thursday, October 6, 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 8
Family Bridge Walk with Stern Nite Life
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Stern Student Center Lobby
Meet Stern Nite Life members for a morning walk to the top of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge! While there, take a family photo that will be available on the Family Weekend website or provided via email link.
Water and snacks provided.

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

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 served; max of 50 family portraits)

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

Conversation with Student Affairs
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom
Our executive vice president, dean of students, and Student Government Association president will welcome you to campus and provide an update on the College, followed by Q&A.

Tour: Campus
10:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Meet on the Cistern Yard in front of Randolph Hall
Experience the beauty and history of the College as our student tour guides lead you on a 60-minute walking tour of campus. (First come, first served; max 30 participants per tour)

Panel Discussion: The College Reads! The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Beatty Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Get a deeper look into The College Reads! 2016 selection and its impact on our students’ and college community’s views of religion, tolerance, mercy and forgiveness.

Presentation: Careers in Hospitality and Tourism Management
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Tate Center, Room 202
Get information on various types of professions in hospitality and tourism and how to successfully prepare for a career. Presented by Wayne Smith, PhD, chair, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Tour: Mace Brown Museum of Natural History
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
School of Sciences and Mathematics Building, 2nd floor
See Friday listing for description.

Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
See Friday listing for description.

Lunch on Your Own
Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Walking Tour of Downtown Charleston
1:00 p.m. (45-60 minutes)
Meet on the Cistern Yard in front of Randolph Hall
Join a local guide for a tour of the historic College neighborhood. (First come, first served; max 40 participants per group)

Reshaping American Politics: Millennials and the 2016 Election
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom
Political Science professor Gibbs Knotts will discuss the political activities of Millennials, comparing their generation to previous ones and addressing recent electoral trends.

Student Organization Showcase & Fundraising Fair
Hosted by the Student Government Association
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cistern Yard
Talented students showcase their gifts and abilities, and help their clubs and organizations raise money for conferences, research and special events.

Family Scavenger Hunt
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (1 – 1.5 hours)
Meet in the Stern Student Center Lobby
Learn more about the College and Charleston by participating in a scavenger hunt, compliments of the Center for International Education and Multicultural Student Programs and Services! The winning family will receive a prize!

Dinner on Your Own
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. Drexel
7:00 p.m.
Patriots Point Athletics Complex, 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt. Pleasant

A Family Weekend discounted ticket rate of $2.00 is available until 5:00pm on Oct. 8 using the offer code: family. CLICK HERE to purchase.

Family Bingo Night
8:00 p.m., Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Stern Student Center Ballroom
Stern Night Life invites you and your family to enjoy a night of relaxed fun!

Tour: Charleston Ghost and Graveyard
7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., & 9:30 p.m.
Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St.
Learn about the history of Charleston’s graveyards, and hear the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to CofC students with their Cougar Card on Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 p.m., in the Stern Student Center Lobby. Students may pick up tickets for their registered family members. (Max 20 participants per tour)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
Family Yoga
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Rivers Green, behind Addlestone Library
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. Rain location: Robert Scott Small Building, 3rd floor

Family Zumba in the Gardens
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Stern Center Garden
Get energized for the day with this upbeat, Latin-inspired mixture of aerobic movements and dance moves! Rain location: Stern Student Center Ballroom

Family Portraits on the Mall
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meet on Cougar Mall; next to the fountain
Make your Family Weekend memories last a littlelonder with a family protrait! (First come, First served; max of 50 family portraits)

Lowcountry Brunch
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 student entertainment.

Ring Ceremony
1:00 p.m.
TD Arena
Joined by family and friends, students will receive their official College of Charleston rings at this much revered ceremony. The event will include remarks from College dignitaries about the history and significance of the College ring.

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