The Daily Gamecock

Family weekend events provide students opportunities to reconnect with families

Family weekend at USC provided an opportunity for students to reconnect with their families and show them the Gamecock experience. 

A variety of different events were provided for families throughout the weekend. One of the most popular events for families was the President’s Welcome Reception that took place on the Horseshoe. The drop-in reception allowed for parents to meet and speak with President Pastides. Following the reception was a Rock the Roost event at the Strom Thurmond Fitness & Wellness Center where families could dance to music that featured a live performance by Eddie Bush. Another popular event was the 5K course that families could either run or walk. 

Chrissy Strow, fitness coordinator for campus recreation, said her department enjoys getting to be a part of the Family Weekend festivities.

“USC in general really supports the student’s families, faculty and staff and everybody involved,” said Strow. “So we try to give them as many opportunities as possible ... it’s just a really nice bonding time and hey, it’s a physical activity so that’s always good too.” 

For many out of state families, this weekend was a chance for them to reunite with their students who they had not seen for weeks. 

“We’re from Ohio so we haven’t seen her since we dropped her off at school, so just being with her [was my favorite part],” said Heather Yakes, parent of first-year anthropology student Skyler Yakes. 

Charlie Gamble, the parent of first-year student Cameron Gamble, said he was excited to see his daughter and enjoy the game with her. Both Yakes and Gamble were pleased to see the resources available to their students that USC provides. 

“I went to college a million years ago so what does surprise me is how cool it is now,” said Gamble. “It’s nice to know that instead of worrying about my daughter surviving, I know she’s fine. Everything she needs is right here.” 

For many, the Family Weekend events culminated with the football game against Missouri. 

“Even though it’s an early morning and it's a busy weekend for everyone visiting, everyone has a really good time,” said Strow.