Students walking in The Alley in Downtown Aiken

Visit

Office of Admissions

Student Organizations

You have probably already seen signs around campus indicating that masks are required. All events must follow the university’s current mask policies.

Vaccines are strongly recommended, but not required for faculty, staff, and students. Vaccines are currently readily available at local pharmacies.

It is still expected that any campus member (faculty, staff, student) who tests positive with COVID-19 to report it to the COVID-19 Coordinators so contact tracing can take place.

Attached are new guidelines and revised alert levels for the campus. These are fluid and will be updated as needed.

If conditions change, or if new data and science becomes available, it will be shared with the campus community. As always, the university places emphasis on your personal safety. 

Student Organization Events :

  • Classrooms and campus spaces can now operate at 100% capacity. Any organization renting spaces on campus may determine their own guidelines if they differ from the university’s.
  • All events must follow the university’s current mask policies.
  • Masks are encouraged at outdoor events if social distancing is not possible.  
  • Organization is to keep record of events on Presence.
  • Organization will need to plan events 2 weeks in advance to help ensure all requirements are met.

Visit www.cdc.gov for information related to COVID-19 and public health and safety guidance.

Counseling Center Protocol

  • All students/staff must wear masks when entering the office
  • Staff will disinfect chairs, doorknobs, and offices between sessions
  • Staff will disinfect work area at the end of each day
  • Students/Clients are not allowed to bring guests to the waiting area
  • Students will be asked to come only during appointment times rather than coming early
  • Condoms will be packaged in bags for handout rather than having a condom dish
  • The administrative assistant’s desk will be moved back to create more office space for social distancing
  • The waiting room will only be for those in crisis and those completing paperwork
  • Plexiglass will be added to the administrative assistant’s desk to create a barrier between the administrative staff and students
  • All staff offices will have at least 6 ft sitting distance from the staff and student clients
  • Peers will be required to wear masks while in the office if they are working in the same space
  • Signs will be placed at the door and around the office with office protocol and social distancing policies
  • There will be a designated area for students to sanitize their hands (sanitation station)
  • Students will be required to answer screening questions before scheduling appointments
  • Staff will keep extra masks for students and staff
  • Staff will add extra signage (main door, office doors, and around the office/waiting area) with social distancing requirements, mask requirements, and office policies
  • Counselors will continue to give students the option for telehealth
In the efforts to help keep you connected to the Division of Student Affairs as well as provide you with tips on how to be successful from wherever you are learning, each day the Division of Student Affairs will be sending out tips, videos, or fun tidbits from the different areas of student life on campus. Please share with members of your student organization and anyone else you think that might benefit from this message.

As the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, I am very proud of the work our staff is doing during these challenging times. We will continue to be here to support you as you work through these times, so reach out if you need anything!

-Ahmed Samaha


Remote Learning Tip

Create a regular study space and stay organized
Set up a dedicated learning environment for studying. By completing your work there repeatedly, you’ll begin to establish a routine.

Setting up a regular workspace or office will also help you to stay organized. Knowing exactly where important dates, file, forms, syllabi, books, and assignments will help you stay on track toward hitting your goals.


Informative Links from the Student Health Center

“Do the 5”

“More Info Video”


Be Active At Home!

Mila Padgett, our Director of Wellness and Recreational Sports wanted to pass on a tip on how to be active while you are at home! We recommend you get outside and take a walk.

Check out this article that explains the health benefits of nature.

Being in nature is wonderful for our overall health and wellbeing. With the South Carolina weather starting to change get yourself outside to walk along Pacer Path, in Hitchcock Woods, or at a place in your local community.


Leadership Tedx Talk

Kevin Nolan, our Associate Director of Student Life, loves watching Tedx Talks about a variety of topics and this is one of his favorites about leadership. Watch the TedX video now.


Diversity Initiatives

Hoss Brown, our Assistant Director of Student Life – Diversity Initiatives, reminds you that it is Women’s History Month. In light of COVID-19 and Women’s History month, take a moment to learn more about Harriot Hunt--the medical practitioner who paved the way for women in health and medicine in the United States.

Learn more about Harriot Hunt.


Have a Safe Break

A reminder from Cindy Gelinas, our Director of Counseling Center, Student Health Center, and Disability Services…

While enjoying the extended Spring Break, if you choose to drink with friends, include some recipes for non-alcoholic drinks. Pinterest has several recipes for non-alcoholic “mocktails.”

Here’s one to try.

Find ways to have fun and relax without alcohol/other drugs.


Take a Digital Break

Take 3 mini digital breaks during the day.

Turn off all digital devices for 10 minutes. During this break time, consider doing a relaxing activity such as drinking a cup of tea, meditating, journaling, listening to a slow-paced tune, or any activity that you find peaceful.


International News

The city of Vienna will start rewarding concert and museum tickets to citizens who take public transport, cycle, or walk instead of drive.


Information From Around the Division of Student Affairs

Need to Call Someone on Campus? See their information on the Quick List.

Nominations for Leadership Banquet
Deadline Date – Monday, March 23

Nominations for Leadership Banquet are due by the end of the day next Monday, March 23rd.

Please review the packet linked below and nominate a student, faculty/staff member, or program that you feel is deserving of one of the awards.

This is a great way for us to celebrate all of the great things that happen on campus and recognize the hard-working people in our campus community.

Nomination letters can be emailed back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Banquet Date and Time – Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Location – Newberry Hall at 117 Newberry St, SW

View the Leadership Banquet Award Packet


Housing Information

As with all breaks, University Housing policies remain in effect for all residents.

The residence halls and apartments will continue to operate on a break schedule. Staff will be able to assist residents at the desks during posted hours, and Resident Mentors will be on-duty during the normal schedule in the evening and nighttime hours.

All packages may be picked up in the Pacer Commons Office between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Mail will be posted as staff are available during the day. Mail and package deliveries have been halted on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Resident Mentor On-Duty may be reached at 803.349.5916 between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 am.

Should you have an emergency that requires University Police, they are available 24 hour a day at 803-648-4011The financial aid cost-of-attendance budget includes a room and board allowance. Completed financial aid credits to student accounts to take care of university charges. Anything left is refunded to the student. Students may use refunds to pay rent and living expenses off-campus. Financial aid refunds are not available to students before classes begin each semester; plan accordingly.

It’s Day 3 of your Extended Spring Break. As our faculty and staff get ready for next week and the beginning of remote learning, I want to encourage each of you to make sure you reach out to your professors if you don’t hear from them by Friday. They may not have the right contact information for you.

One of my fraternity brothers is a writer, and today he posted on Facebook the following message and it just hit home with me for some reason.

Ryan Sauers wrote, “We have all been saying for years things like we are 'slammed, drowning, running ragged, swamped etc.' So, now we have the opposite problem. We have time on our hands. So, the choice is what do we do with this precious gift of time. For me, I began training to run a 5k, working on new business plans I had not gotten to, talking to old friends, working on my final course work, spending more time with my family, more time for prayer, reading, and watching great shows and movies.”

As things have slowed down for many of you this week, I encourage you to look at this as a gift of extra time and make the most of it!

Hope you enjoy today’s newsletter and updates from the Division of Student Affairs!

-Ahmed Samaha


PacerFit Remote Workouts

Mila Padgett, Director of the Wellness Center, encourages everyone to stay healthy by exercising with the new PacerFit remote workouts. See these three PacerFit remote workouts so you can stay in shape at home:

PacerFit Beginner

PacerFit Intermediate

PacerFit Advanced


How to Manage Social Distancing

From Kevin Kerr, Director of Housing:

Social Distancing has you feeling down? It does not need to. Social distancing does not have to mean withdrawing from society completely. Here are some great things to do while still practicing social distancing on campus:

  • Complete a puzzle.
  • If you have a roommate, have a board game night. Great games could be UNO, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Apples to Apples.
  • Catch up on your favorite shows. Have a movie night with some of your close friends who are still on campus.
  • Go for walk outside.
  • Use the Pacer Commons Pool table but remember to do so in small groups.

Stress Buster Tip #2

Follow the links below for some great information.  You can also call or text the hotline below if you need someone to talk with:

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

The National Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7/365 is operating and providing crisis counseling and emotional support.

Calls (1-800-985-5990; press "2" for Spanish) and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently-operated crisis centers located across the U.S.


Happy Handwashing! 

Cindy Gelinas with Student Health encourages everyone to watch the videos show the correct method for handwashing (shown using a black light) and how to wash hands with hand sanitizer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGIG82i5m0o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xC-_7ZiQoY



Tips for Avoiding Boredom

Dana Cullum (Alcohol and Other Drug Educator) says it’s important to find healthy ways to avoid boredom because sometimes boredom can be a trigger to use substances. Read a new book, catch up on your favorite TV /Netflix series, or use YouTube to learn a new hobby.

Here’s a guide for ways to find a hobby: https://youtu.be/qjdmIY04soc


How to Stay in Shape during the COVID-19 Restrictions

Ross Philbeck (Assistant Director with Campus Recreation and Wellness) has created a guide entitled “How to Stay in Shape When You’re Busy.”

With ten minutes a day and virtually no equipment, you can maintain your fitness until you are allowed to return to the Wellness Center or another fitness center.


Remote Learning Tip – Eliminate Distractions

From Netflix to social media, you’ll be faced with many distractions that can easily derail your studies. The best remote learning students know how to lessen these distractions and set aside time to focus.

Exactly how much of a challenge these distractions will prove to be will depend on your own unique personality and situation. Some might find that they can tune out a noisy home by listening to music. Consider turning your cell phone off to avoid losing focus every time a text message or notification pops up.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Lacie Wehrmann, Assistant Director in Student Life, recommends watching “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” a TED talk by Angela Lee Duckworth.


Continue to Advocate Against Discrimination

Travis Hardee (Coordinator of Student Life-Diversity Initiatives) encourages you to continue advocating against discrimination.

Although we have made great strides against discrimination, we can continue to inform ourselves on how to promote inclusion and advocate for change in our communities.

On March 1st, Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS challenged the discrimination against women by raising awareness of women’s issues, promoting spaces for empowerment, and mobilizing to help ensure women are protected around the world.

To gather support for this cause, UNAIDS produced this guide to help others become informed and create a global movement of solidarity to end discrimination against women.


Information from Around the Division of Student Affairs

Interested in a job in the Student Life Office next year? We are accepting online applications and the deadline is March 30th.

Apply Now


Hours for the Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to treat minor illnesses. Go to https://www.usca.edu/student-health-center for the new process to be seen by one of our nurses.


Voting for SGA Elections

Check your email on March 25 for your link to vote in the 2020-2021 SGA elections! Voting is open March 25 and 26. Your vote matters!

From Ahmed Samaha, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

It’s Day 4 of Extended Spring Break.

Yesterday, the City of Aiken and our University received some great news, which was awesome considering all the craziness that has occurred over the last couple of weeks.

The City of Aiken and USC Aiken was named the most charming college down in South Carolina by MSN. How awesome is that!!

View the article

See the announcements at the bottom of this newsletter which include information about advisement for summer and fall plus important information from various offices.

And if you need phone numbers or email addresses for anyone on campus, you can find those on the Quick List.



Fitness and Nutrition During the Break

Woody Price, Special Programs Coordinator with the Wellness Center, encourages you to check out the “At Home” fitness guide with different levels of workouts.


Become a Servant Leader

Christian Medders, Assistant Director of Student Life, believes that anyone can be a leader and becoming a servant leader can be one of the most rewarding experiences you could have.

I could encourage you during this time to take advantage of the downtime and reflect and do personal development and do things that you might not normally have time to do. This TedTalk does a great job of breaking down servant leadership and how to be a great servant leader.

Watch the recommended Ted Talk

Leadership Banquet nominations are due this coming Monday, March 30 by 5:00 p.m. Nominate a deserving student, faculty/staff member or program that you feel is deserving of an award. Letters can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hold Yourself Accountable

Deri Wills, Director of Assessment and Special Projects, stresses the importance of setting goals at the being of the week and checking in with yourself daily.

In a traditional classroom setting, you’ll often receive verbal and visual reminders of assignment’s upcoming due date. But without professor actively reminding you, it’s up to you to make sure you’ve allotted enough time to complete the work so you’re not starting an assignment the day before it’s due. 


Happy Handwashing! 

Cindy Gelinas with Student Health encourages everyone to watch the videos show the correct method for handwashing (shown using a black light) and how to wash hands with hand sanitizer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGIG82i5m0o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xC-_7ZiQoY



Be Careful of Your Choices for Coping

Dana CullumFrom Dana Cullum, Counselor and AOD Educator: If you choose to use any substances, be aware of your “why.” Is it out of boredom, for coping, etc.?

Be sure to be responsible and make safe choices. If you find that you lean on substances for coping, remember that our counselors are available and there are other local resources.

Check out this link to explore resources at https://www.samhsa.gov/.


Diversity Initiatives

Travis Hardee, (Coordinator of Student Life – Diversity Initiatives) would like to share some encouraging words from Tara Sophia Mohr, an expert on women's leadership and well-being.

During this moment in our lives, we must continue to stay focused and motivated on achieving our goals. Mohr, speaks on how we can develop into more transformative leaders and transform the systems at work, specifically higher education, to be equal for everyone. Watch the video now.


Student Health Center

Cindy Gelinas, Director of the Student Health Center, recommends following these “10 Tips for Staying Healthy” (in addition to handwashing and social distancing).



Stress Buster – Mini Massage



Cheryl Lindler, Counselor with the Counseling Center, recommends giving yourself a mini massage!

Lie on your back and place a tennis ball under the tense points—your lower back, between your shoulder blades, etc. Roll gently up and down and side to side.



The Counseling Center

We know that all of the concerns about corornavirus and all of the daily changes happening can be very upsetting and anxiety provoking.

The staff of the Counseling Center is ready to help you through this! Please feel free to call our office at 803-641-3609 from Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If you are already seeing a counselor, please feel free to call or email them directly to arrange a phone consultation.

For Cindy Gelinas, 803-641-3497 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for Cheryl Lindler, 803-641-3626 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or for Dana Cullum 803-641-3337 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For afterhours resources, there is the Aiken Helpline at 2-1-1 or 1-877-648-9900 (https://aikenhelpline211.org/site/ or the National Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7/365. Calls (1-800-985-5990; press "2" for Spanish) and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently-operated crisis centers located across the U.S.

We encourage you to use these resources and to check out our website https://www.usca.edu/counseling-center



Office of Disability Services

Dr. Palmer in the DS office wants you to know she is available to take your calls or emails if you have any questions or concerns regarding your accommodations. You can call her at 803-643-6815 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at https://www.usca.edu/disability-services



Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

You MUST call in advance for an appointment. That number is 803-641-2840.

Check out the website at https://www.usca.edu/student-health-center for important info and resources!



Go to Washington, D.C. in the Fall!

The Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience is a 2 credit course held in the fall. This is an amazing experience.

The deadline has been extended to April 3. View the application.



Interested in a Job in the Student Life Office Next Year?

Interested in a job in the Student Life office next year? We are accepting online applications, and the deadline is March 30.


Academic Advisement

Advisement will continue as scheduled but should be conducted remotely.

Summer and Fall schedules remain as published at this time. Many of you are already exchanging emails or scheduling phone calls/videoconferences with your advisors. Great!

If you have not made contact with your advisor yet, please do so. Our registration window remains the same.



IT Help Desk

Services will be provided virtually. To best serve you during this period of modified operations, please reach us by:

Phone: 803-641-3391 from off-campus and 803-641-4357 from on-campus

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Text message: 803-221-0013

We plan to bring additional support options online in the near future.



Gregg-Graniteville Library

Library services will be available virtually. Online chat service continues 8 a.m., Sunday - midnight, Friday, and 8 a.m. – midnight Saturdays.

As always, online resources are available 24/7. For off-campus access, go to: https://library.usca.edu/offcampus. The librarians have also created an FAQ regarding our modified operations and some questions we anticipate you might have. Visit it at https://library.usca.edu/libraryclosurefaq.

For faculty, there are links on the FAQ page regarding library resources and support for faculty in a remote instructional environment. Also, the librarians are available to help you find online resources to supplement your instruction. If you have items on physical reserve, we can help you find alternative sources to replace them.

Items currently checked out from Gregg-Graniteville Library do not need to be returned until the campus returns to normal operations. Any overdue fines will be waived during the period of modified operations.



Bookstore

As the university transitions to effective delivery of remote instruction, the Pacer Shoppe bookstore remains committed to ensuring the success of our students.

We will continue working closely with faculty and students to fulfill instructional requirements. During the period of modified operations, the Pacer Shoppe will provide services virtually to ensure no disruption of service to our students and campus community.

Online orders will be processed daily – with FREE ground shipping – to make sure students are still able to access all materials they need.

Graduating seniors are urged to call the bookstore at 803-641-3464 to place their orders for their caps and gowns. If you must, please leave a message with your name and the best number to reach you, and we will return your call within the next business day.

Please feel free to call or email the bookstore with any questions you may have. We look forward to continuing to serve our campus community.

www.uscaaikenshop.com

phone: 803-641-3464



Dining Services

During the period of the modified operations, dining services will continue to be available for brunch and dinner menus. Please note that one proactive measure we are implementing is that take-out only services will be available.

As a prudent precaution, we are temporarily suspending in-room dining in the SAC Café and other dining establishments on campus.

Starting today, Thursday, March 19, you will be able to order your food ahead of time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once you receive a confirmation that your order is ready, you can come to the SAC Cafeteria and pick up your food. Or, you can come to the SAC Cafeteria and have the staff prepare your food for take-out.

J.J. Tramontana of Aramark will be sending out a daily menu to order your food. “All you can eat” servings are still available with take-out orders.

During this unique time, we will continue to provide nutritious meal options, and our executive chef will continue to accommodate those with individual dietary requirements.

Please note, as an added precaution we are asking diners not to bring in refillable dups, but will be given new paper cups when getting refills.

Below, please see amended dining service hours for March 18 to April 5.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Dining Services—Hours of Operation for March 16-April 5

SAC Café—Take-out service only

Monday through Friday: Brunch 10 am to 2 pm and Dinner 5 pm to 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 11 am to 1:30 pm and Dinner 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Starbucks – Take-out service only

Monday through Friday: 6 am to 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Station Deli – Not available

(Tasty Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday will not be available during modified operations)

Market C-Store

Monday through Friday: 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Not available

Nightingales Café

Not available

From Ahmed Samaha, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

It’s Day 4 of Extended Spring Break.It’s Day 5 of Extended Spring Break, and yesterday we found out that USC Aiken (and all other USC schools) will be online for the rest of the semester. As I watched the comments on social media and answered emails last night, I realized how confusing that decision is for many. If you look at the number of infections in South Carolina, the number looks so small compared to the total population. But it really is about slowing down the epidemic before it really harms many in our society. What This Chart Actually Means for COVID-19 - YouTube helped me understand that what seems like drastic measures really aren’t so drastic in reality. I hope you will find the clip as informative as I did.

Moving forward, we are going to continue to offer students opportunities to get engaged and involved, but instead of the opportunities being face-to-face, we are going to offer virtual and unique events and programs. Be on the lookout for ICE events, fun programming, and leadership seminars. There will be opportunities for you to apply for programs next fall (like our Washington D.C. and Smoky Mountain trips) and we are going to recognize outstanding students in April like we always do. You can still be building your resume and enhancing your marketability so keep being engaged! And if you are feeling stressed and out of sorts, our Counseling Center is working virtually and our Wellness Center continues to offer ways to be healthy away from campus. The Division of Student Affairs is still working to help you be the best you can be…so just call or email us!

For our graduating seniors, know that we will work hard to come up with a way to celebrate your achievements. It may not be when it was supposed to be, but it will happen. As yesterday’s email stated, options of a delayed or non-traditional commencement ceremony are being discussed and more details will be available. Even if social distancing requirements are still in place in May, we will recognize your academic achievements appropriately. Give us time, and we will come up with a plan.

Next week, a new part of your journey in college will begin. While unexpected, this part of the journey will still be a valuable piece of your educational adventure…so take advantage of it and make the most of it.

And lastly, be patient with yourself and others…we are all figuring it out together.

Campus Quick List

Need to call someone on campus? See the Quick List.


Take a Trip to Paris!

Liz Dille (Assistant Director of Student Life – International Programs) invites you to continue to explore the world from home! Tour the Louvre Museum in Paris, France online.

Have Dedicated Study Blocks

First and foremost, you need set aside time each day--without interruptions--to fully focus on your work. What is incredibly helpful is setting aside ‘school time’. Treat your online classes as if they are a traditional classroom setting. Block off a schedule times daily to complete homework, participate in online discussions with classmates, and also study.

Dedicate a specific amount of time each day or each week to studying and commit to it. A lot can come up in life, and there will always be many distractions. If you are a morning person, then wake up an hour earlier and spend some time studying.

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Kevin Nolan (Associate Director of Student Life) recommends watching the TedX Talk “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Social Distancing

During this time of “social distancing”, remember to remain socially connected (via phone, social media, etc.) with those whom you feel close to. And if you feel alone, don’t turn to substances for comfort. Instead, feel free to contact the counseling center at 803-641-3609!

Stress Relieving Exercises from the Wellness Center

The Wellness Center recommends the following YouTube videos:

https://youtu.be/CAq9vV7gkrs

https://youtu.be/vRQdJQ3Xhzk


Learn about a Great American during Women’s History Month!

Hoss Brown (Assistant Director of Student Life-Diversity Initiatives) would like for you to join him in paying tribute to Women’s History Month.

Please take a moment to honor Mary M. Bethune-- American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist by watching this video about her.

Social Distancing!

Watch these to 2 brief videos to learn about SOCIAL DISTANCING, and why it is so important for YOU to do it! Stay Healthy, Stay Safe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlyxz2X97Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUq3XDNCsUc


Stress Buster – Declutter One Space

Cheryl Lindler with the Counseling Center recommends picking one space that needs to be decluttered (desk, vanity, closet, etc.).and then sort, toss, and organize the items in this space.

It’s entertaining to see what you’ve accumulated (and why??) and a feeling of accomplishment when you’re finished!


Information from Around the Division of Student Affairs

Registration for Fall Housing

Registration for next semester sign-ups are coming up soon!

Visit the Housing website to watch a video on Pacer Commons and Pacer Downs.

Any questions? Please email Central Housing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Counseling Center

We know that all of the concerns about corornavirus and all of the daily changes happening can be very upsetting and anxiety provoking.

The staff of the Counseling Center is ready to help you through this! Please feel free to call our office at 803-641-3609 from Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If you are already seeing a counselor, please feel free to call or email them directly to arrange a phone consultation.

For Cindy Gelinas, 803-641-3497 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for Cheryl Lindler, 803-641-3626 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or for Dana Cullum 803-641-3337 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For afterhours resources, there is the Aiken Helpline at 2-1-1 or 1-877-648-9900 (https://aikenhelpline211.org/site/ or the National Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7/365. Calls (1-800-985-5990; press "2" for Spanish) and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently-operated crisis centers located across the U.S.

We encourage you to use these resources and to check out our website https://www.usca.edu/counseling-center


Office of Disability Services

Dr. Palmer in the DS office wants you to know she is available to take your calls or emails if you have any questions or concerns regarding your accommodations. You can call her at 803-643-6815 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at https://www.usca.edu/disability-services

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

You MUST call in advance for an appointment. That number is 803-641-2840.

Check out the website at https://www.usca.edu/student-health-center for important info and resources!


Nominations for Leadership Banquet

Deadline Extended – Monday, March 30

Nominations for Leadership Banquet are due by the end of the day on Monday, March 30th.

Please review the awards packet and nominate a student, faculty/staff member, or program that you feel is deserving of one of the awards.

This is a great way for us to celebrate all of the great things that happen on campus and recognize the hard-working people in our campus community.

Nomination letters can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Banquet Date and Time – Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Location – Newberry Hall at 117 Newberry St, SW


Alternative Fall Break – Great Smoking Mountains

Application Deadline: Friday, April 3
Alternative Fall Break: October 15-18
Cherokee, NC
All-inclusive cost - $300

Activities: Ziplining, white water rafting, hiking, assisting with trail and campsite maintenance


* 2.5 GPA or higher * ASUP 310 – 2 credit course

Pick up application in the Student Life Office. Application deadline – April 3

Email Christian Medders at [email protected] with questions


Go to Washington, D.C. in the Fall!

The Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience is a 2 credit course held in the fall. This is an amazing experience.

The deadline has been extended to April 3. View the application.


Interested in a Job in the Student Life Office Next Year?

Interested in a job in the Student Life office next year? We are accepting online applications, and the deadline is March 30.


Information from Around the University

The USCA Department of English – 2020 Writing Awards

The Virginia Kaplan Writing Award

For online submission guidelines email Dr. Andrew Geyer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Through the generosity of the late Virginia Kaplan, the Kaplan Writing Award is presented annually by the USCA Department of English to a USCA undergraduate who exhibits excellence in expository writing. The essay must be at least five (5) double-spaced pages in length and have been written by a full-time student during the current academic year. No student may submit more than two (2) essays to the competition. Normally, the award is a significant monetary scholarship. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of professors. The Department reserves the right not to present the award if the judges do not recommend a winner.


The Phebe Davidson Prize in Creative Writing

For online submission guidelines email Dr. Andrew Geyer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Phebe Davidson prize in Creative Writing was established in honor of distinguished South Carolina poet Phebe Davidson. The prize, normally a significant monetary scholarship, is offered annually by the USCA Department of English to a full-time, currently enrolled student at USCA whose work demonstrates superior achievement in creative writing. While the competition invites work in four genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama), only one award will be presented in a given year. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of professors from the Department of English. The Department reserves the right not to present the award if the judges do not recommend a winner.


The Mona L. Martin Prize in First Year Writing

For online submission guidelines email Dr. Andrew Geyer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Through the generosity of distinguished USCA graduate Mona L. Martin (B.A. English, 1995), the Mona L. Martin Prize in First Year Writing, normally a significant monetary scholarship, is offered annually by the USCA Department of English to a first-year USCA student who demonstrates excellence in expository writing. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of professors. The Department reserves the right not to present the award if the judges do not recommend a winner.

Submission Deadline – April 8, 2020


Academic Advisement

Advisement will continue as scheduled but should be conducted remotely.

Summer and Fall schedules remain as published at this time. Many of you are already exchanging emails or scheduling phone calls/videoconferences with your advisors. Great!

If you have not made contact with your advisor yet, please do so. Our registration window remains the same.

 

IT Help Desk

Services will be provided virtually. To best serve you during this period of modified operations, please reach us by:

Phone: 803-641-3391 from off-campus and 803-641-4357 from on-campus

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Text message: 803-221-0013

We plan to bring additional support options online in the near future.


Gregg-Graniteville Library

Library services will be available virtually. Online chat service continues 8 a.m., Sunday - midnight, Friday, and 8 a.m. – midnight Saturdays.

As always, online resources are available 24/7. For off-campus access, go to: https://library.usca.edu/offcampus. The librarians have also created an FAQ regarding our modified operations and some questions we anticipate you might have. Visit it at https://library.usca.edu/libraryclosurefaq.

For faculty, there are links on the FAQ page regarding library resources and support for faculty in a remote instructional environment. Also, the librarians are available to help you find online resources to supplement your instruction. If you have items on physical reserve, we can help you find alternative sources to replace them.

Items currently checked out from Gregg-Graniteville Library do not need to be returned until the campus returns to normal operations. Any overdue fines will be waived during the period of modified operations.


Bookstore

As the university transitions to effective delivery of remote instruction, the Pacer Shoppe bookstore remains committed to ensuring the success of our students.

We will continue working closely with faculty and students to fulfill instructional requirements. During the period of modified operations, the Pacer Shoppe will provide services virtually to ensure no disruption of service to our students and campus community.

Online orders will be processed daily – with FREE ground shipping – to make sure students are still able to access all materials they need.

Graduating seniors are urged to call the bookstore at 803-641-3464 to place their orders for their caps and gowns. If you must, please leave a message with your name and the best number to reach you, and we will return your call within the next business day.

Please feel free to call or email the bookstore with any questions you may have. We look forward to continuing to serve our campus community.

www.uscaaikenshop.com

phone: 803-641-3464


Dining Services

During the period of the modified operations, dining services will continue to be available for brunch and dinner menus. Please note that one proactive measure we are implementing is that take-out only services will be available.

As a prudent precaution, we are temporarily suspending in-room dining in the SAC Café and other dining establishments on campus.

Starting today, Thursday, March 19, you will be able to order your food ahead of time by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once you receive a confirmation that your order is ready, you can come to the SAC Cafeteria and pick up your food. Or, you can come to the SAC Cafeteria and have the staff prepare your food for take-out.

J.J. Tramontana of Aramark will be sending out a daily menu to order your food. “All you can eat” servings are still available with take-out orders.

During this unique time, we will continue to provide nutritious meal options, and our executive chef will continue to accommodate those with individual dietary requirements.

Please note, as an added precaution we are asking diners not to bring in refillable dups, but will be given new paper cups when getting refills.

Below, please see amended dining service hours for March 18 to April 5.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Dining Services—Hours of Operation for March 16-April 5

SAC Café—Take-out service only

Monday through Friday: Brunch 10 am to 2 pm and Dinner 5 pm to 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 11 am to 1:30 pm and Dinner 5 pm to 6:30 pm


Starbucks – Take-out service only

Monday through Friday: 6 am to 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed


Station Deli – Not available

(Tasty Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday will not be available during modified operations)


Market C-Store

Monday through Friday: 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Not available


Nightingales Café

Not available

The following information summarizes policies and protocols that will be implemented in fall 2021 during fraternity and sorority recruitment to promote the safety and wellbeing of all people participating. All policies & procedures listed here and on campus must be adhered to by current chapter members, alumnae, potential new members, staff, and any other person involved.

Fraternity & Sorority Life Recruitment

Includes the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council

  • In-person events in compliance with local and campus health and safety regulations
  • All spaces used for events must have room for participants to remain socially distanced if they choose
  • Communicate protocol for Chapter members and PNM’s before recruitment week via multiple resources
  • First night of recruitment go over protocol with all in attendance
  • We strongly recommend all persons on our campus wear face coverings in classrooms and other indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible.
  • Individual chapters may require all members and recruitment participants to wear masks within their recruitment event, as events are private, voluntary, and by invitation.

In case of positive tests:

Notify the COVID-19 Coordinators or the Fraternity or Sorority life Advisors immediately so contact tracing can begin promptly.

  • Dr. Thayer McGahee, COVID-19 Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brandon Aiken, COVID-19 Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kevin Nolan, IFC & NPHC Advisor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lacie Wehrmann, CPC Advisor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recruitment Event Dates

Event

Dates

Loc.

Attendees

Get on Board Days

August 24-25

QUAD 

All councils

Greek Forum

 August 26

 Etherredge Center

All councils

Get to Know the Greeks

 September 8

 Quad

All councils

IFC Recruitment

 September 13-17

 

IFC only

CPC Orientation

 September 15

 Penland 106

CPC only

Formal Panhellenic Recruitment

 September 17-19

 H&SS 116

CPC only

Other options for sorority membership

  • Any chapter member who feels uncomfortable participating in in-person formal sorority recruitment should speak with their own chapter leadership about their level of involvement.
  • PNMs who feel uncomfortable participating in formal sorority recruitment in an in-person format are encouraged to postpone their recruitment experience until spring or fall 2022.

Resources

  • Free testing is available at the Convocation Center Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Please remember to register beforehand at https://web.getgov2go.com. If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 or our protocols, don't hesitate to get in touch with our COVID coordinators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 803-641-3271. They will continue to lead contact tracing when necessary.
  • The campus continues to monitor weekly, reported cases of COVID-19 cases. You can view this dashboard at https://www.usca.edu/pacer-ready/latest-updates/dashboard.
  • We strongly recommend all persons on our campus wear face coverings in classrooms and other indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. · View all COVID-19 related policies and information at https://www.usca.edu/pacer-ready.

Panhellenic Council Hazing Policy

The University of South Carolina Aiken prohibits any form of hazing. No organization, registered or otherwise, officially or in fact, may participate in the activity of hazing. Hazing is defined as any action or situation created by individuals, clubs and organizations, on or off campus, that could cause or has the potential to result in harassment, emotional or physical abuse of harm, embarrassment, anxiety, ridicule, or the violation of an University rule, no matter how good the end result or intent.

Examples of hazing, include but are not limited to:

  • Tests of endurance
  • Submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances
  • Paddling
  • Forced indulgence of alcohol, food, and water
  • Forced excessive exercise Indecent stunts or dress
  • Deprivation of sleep, normal sleep patterns or adequate study time
  • Physical harassment such as pushing, shoving, tickling, yelling, etc.
  • Deprivation of normal amounts of food and water
  • Individual or group interrogations such as line-ups
  • Personal servitude
  • Assigning pranks
  • Forced or coerced trips such as kidnaps, displacement, and “pledge drops”

Registered organizations and groups shall be permitted certain initiation ceremonies and activities, which when examined by the ordinary University student, would seem reasonable under the circumstances and justified in view of the purpose for which they are conducted

It shall not constitute a defense to the charge of hazing that the participants took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered.

In accordance with the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act, the university publishes this report on actual findings of violations involving alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, physical assault and hazing by fraternity and sorority organizations formally affiliated with the institution. The report includes the name of the responsible organizations; the dates of the incident, report, charge, investigation and resolution; and a general description of the incident and the subsequent charges, findings and sanctions placed on the organization.

If you would like to report a complaint for alleged hazing, please contact the Office of Greek Life at 803-641-3611.

The Admissions staff at the University of South Carolina Aiken understands that the college selection process can be overwhelming. Our staff is dedicated and prepared to help you with information about the University and our admissions process.

Your enrollment counselor is your personal contact at USC Aiken. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact him/her.

Find Your Enrollment Counselor

Contact Admissions Staff