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Agoge: Becoming A Spartan



August 17-27, 2014 

Welcome to USC Upstate!

Your Spartan experience will be heightened through Agoge, our Freshman initiative designed to immerse you in a series of activities that encourage, emphasize and expand your potential.

Our Agoge approach helps you identify your individual strengths, skills and character, while reinforcing the value of the collective whole. This is a mandatory event for all freshmen.

Your quest: Attend 10 events during Agoge 

Joining the Spartan Nation is not as easy as finding the coolest Upstate t-shirt at the bookstore. Spartans must undergo rigorous intentional training to fully acclimate to the academic goal at hand. Agoge is the USC Upstate way of helping you become a Spartan, not just through enrollment, but through activities that give you a head start as classes begin. Review the top ten list below to help fill your Agoge training schedule. Please note: all designated activities are required for all freshmen. Some activities will be at the same time for everyone and a few list optional sessions you may choose from.

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Download the full Agoge Guide!

Spartan Head Icon1. NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION AND THE CHANCELLOR’S DINNER for New Students
Wednesday, August 20, 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. to be included in your Class of 2018 photo!)  
Hodge Arena

Meet at the Hodge Arena for convocation and dinner on the quad. Enjoy an official welcome to the University during an interactive dinner with your classmates. There will be live music from the faculty/staff band and free stuff, including multiple drawings for bookstore gift cards! Come at 4:30 p.m. to be included in your Class of 2018 photo in the Hodge Arena. Please wear business casual attire.
Spartan Head Icon2.BIG GREEN WELCOME
Sunday, August 17, 9 p.m.
Wellness Center

Don’t miss the Big Green Welcome, an extreme socializing event that uses high energy and fun to introduce you to everyone! 
Spartan Head Icon3. ONE TOO MANY: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE SPARTAN NATION:
Tuesday August 19, 1 p.m.
Hodge Arena

Training guaranteed to inform, inspire and connect you to our community. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat.
Spartan Head Icon4. FACULTY LUNCH & LEARNS
August 20, 12 p.m.
HEC

These sessions are a good way to understand faculty expectations in the classroom and learn more about different academic subjects. Choose one that interests you and have lunch during the session. More information is available here:  Agoge Schedule.
Spartan Head Icon5. LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT

Pick a session
August 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or August 20, 1 - 3 p.m. 
Library

Come hunt for hidden Spartan badges at the Library Scavenger Hunt. Work in groups of three or five, or on your own. Be sure to BYOD so you can show off your selfies at each badge location. If you find all the hidden badges within the library,
you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Spartan-worthy bicycle. Be sure to ask for your instant prize when you
complete this game.

Spartan Head Icon6. STUDENT SUCCESS & ACADEMIC SUPPORT SESSION
Tuesday August 19, 2:30 p.m.
Various locations

Chose from one of 16 sessions on a variety of topics. More information is available here:  Agoge Schedule.
Spartan Head Icon7. 

MANDATORY COMMUTER CONNECTIONS BRUNCH
Wednesday, August 20, 10 a.m.
CLC Ballroom


or

MANDATORY COMMUNITY MEETING
Sunday, August 17, 7 p.m.
See your RA for location details


Learn Where You Live. If you are commuting to Upstate, don’t miss the mandatory Commuter Connections Brunch on Wednesday, August 20 at 10 a.m. If you live on campus, attend your mandatory Community Meeting to get to know your neighbors.

Spartan Head Icon8. BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) TRAINING
August 19, 10:30 a.m. or August 20, 11 a.m.
CLC Ballroom

Introduction to and hands on experience with many of the tools, services and resources to ensure academic success using your device of choice. If you do not have a device, contact the ITS Help Desk for information on our FREE loaner devices.
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STADIUM PARTY
Tuesday, August 19, 5 p.m.
County University Soccer Stadium
Meet your Spartan Teams at the annual Stadium Party. Come for dinner and entertainment as we kick off the academic and athletic year.

Spartan Head Icon10. PREMIERE FAIR
Wednesday, August 27, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Campus Life Center Patio

Learn the many ways to get involved in your community. From student organizations to local businesses, there is something for everyone. There will also be plenty of free food and lots of swag to take home. Before you leave, be sure to check out other campus events designed to show you all the ways you can engage with USC Upstate in both volunteer opportunities and through Student organization activities.

LAST THING! 
We have great giveaways and drawings for this week, every time you attend an Agoge’ event, your name goes in a drawing at the Convocation dinner that’s good for multiple $500 and $100 gift cards to the Bookstore. We will also award prizes at individual sessions. If you complete all 10 tasks on this list, come by the Premiere Fair on Wednesday, August 27 and you will receive an Agoge’ T-shirt.

 

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August 17-20, 2014

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Contact Us
Laura Puckett-Boler
Dean of Students
(864) 503-5107
Campus Life Center, Rm. 302

Karen Thomas
Executive Assistant
(864) 503-5107
Campus Life Center, Rm. 303

USC Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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