HOMECOMING 2020: JAN. 26 – FEB. 1, 2020


A Step Forward Sneaker Drive

A Step Forward Sneaker Drive at USC Upstate

What’s it all about? A Step Forward Sneaker Drive encourages participants to donate gently worn men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes at each of our Homecoming Events. Shoe gifts are also welcomed anytime leading up to Homecoming Week by dropping off at Miracle Hill Ministries, 189 N. Forest St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.

In the effort to grow the excitement beyond the Dome, USC Upstate is looking to make an impact within the Upstate Community. Thanks to the fantastic foundational work of former student Chris Brown, and the collaborative efforts of the Office for Volunteer Service Learning, USC Upstate is charged to meet a need of those who are without shoes in the Upstate. All donations made during the drive will benefit Miracle Hill Ministries, a nonprofit that provides extensive services to individuals and families in the form of food, shelter, clothing, counseling, personal development, addiction recovery support, and residential and foster care for children.


For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at 864-503-5122. For accomodations, please contact Disability Services at 864-503-5199. 

  • Schedule of Events

    Sunday, Jan. 26

    2 p.m.

    #HashtagLunchbag (Sponsored by IMPACT)

    #HashtagLunchBag is a community service event designed to give back to those in need in the local Spartanburg community. This event is open to all USC Upstate students. We will be making lunch bags to donate to various nonprofit agencies.

    University Readiness Center 

    Monday, Jan. 27

    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Prize Stations 

    Check in at one of the three locations above to claim your commemorative Kickoff to Homecoming prize. Quantities are limited, so get there early. Student ID required and limit one prize per student. 

    Health Education Complex , Library , Campus Life Center , The George 

    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Time Capsule Photo Booth

    Come pose for keepsake pictures in our Homecoming-themed photobooth.  Create a permanent record of Homecoming 2020!

    Campus Life Center Lobby 

    8 - 10 p.m.

    Space Jam (Sponsored by NPHC)

    Indoor gym jam, party-style event to get the fun ramped up for the week. Come join our NPHC Fraternities and Sororities for an out-of-this-world Space Jam Gym Jam!

    Rec Center 

    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    "Space Invaders" - Retro Console Gaming 

    Drop in and let your thumbs do the work.  Challenge your friends or solo game on one of our classic gaming systems.  Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Playstation, Wii and more. 

    Student Life, CLC 210 

    7 - 9 p.m.

    Spartan TV - Lipsync Battle (Sponsored by #WNTT) 

    Come out and watch your fellow Spartans compete in an epic night of Lip Sync Battle.  Auditions held in advance.  This will be a show everyone will still talking about a year from now.  

    University Readiness Center 

    Wednesday, Jan. 29

    6 - 8 p.m.

    Blacklight Dodgeball (Sponsored by SGA)

    Dodgeball … in the dark … under black lights …  LET’S GLOW!  Get your team together and throw down in an epic battle of will.

    University Readiness Center 

    8 - 10 p.m.

    Talent Showcase (Sponsored by BSL)

    A showcase for our creative students who are also entrepreneurs, clothing line creators, spoken word performers, singers/rappers, etc. An opportunity to network and have a great time. There will be music and food. 

    Campus Life Center Ballroom 

    Thursday, Jan. 30

    TBD

    Catch the Bus

    Get on the bus and get to the game!  Athletics is sponsoring a bus to take students to the men’s basketball game at Presbyterian College. Free ticket and transportation with your student ID.  Be sure to reserve your seat in advance by emailing uclub@uscupstate.edu!

    6 - 8 p.m.

    "Where Are They Now?" (Sponsored by CAST Club)

    Are you a Child Advocacy Studies minor or just interested in the program? Mingle with current students, faculty and alumni, grab a bite to eat and take a tour of the mock courtroom and house.  Our training facility is truly one of USC Upstate’s prized gems.

    The George 

    Friday, Jan. 31

    7 - 9 p.m.

    "Solar Flare" Bonfire (Sponsored by CAB)

    This is the Campus Activity Board's annual bonfire. Hot chocolate, s’mores, and chicken/waffles! There will be a live DJ and fire pits.

    Treehouse Plaza

    9 p.m.

    Capture the Flag (Sponsored by The Carolinian)

    Divide into teams and enjoy this classic game. Protect your flag, capture theirs and dominate the field.   

    Treehouse Plaza

    Saturday, Feb. 1

    12 p.m.

    Homecoming Tailgate (Student Life)

    The only place to be on the Saturday of Homecoming.  Bring your best tailgate setup and show your Spartan spirit outside the Hodge before going in to cheer on our men’s and women’s basketball teams. There will be tons of activities, including a DJ, tailgate games, food and much more.  For more information, check out the Tailgating Policy.

    G.B. Hodge Center Parking Lot 

    12 - 1 p.m.

    Fraternity and Sorority Life Banner Unveling Reception

    During the Homecoming Tailgate, join current members and alumni of USC Upstate fraternities and sororities as we recognize our FSL chapters and celebrate what's next for our Upstate fraternal community. You'll have the first peek at the fraternity/sorority banners that will hang on campus, so be sure to head on over! 

    Admin Building, 2nd Floor Lobby 

    2 p.m.

    Women's Basketball Game

    G.B. Hodge Center 

    4:30 p.m.

    Men's Basketball Game

    G.B. Hodge Center 

  • Schedule of Events

    USC Upstate alumni and friends are invited to enjoy these exciting events!

    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    6 - 8 p.m.

    Brew UP in Greenville

    Catch up with old friends and make some new ones while celebrating the start of homecoming at this mixer in Greenville.

    Tetrad Brewing Co.
    603 E. Stone Ave., Greenville 

    Thursday, Jan. 30

    6 - 8 p.m.

    Catch UP Reunions: Child Advocacy Studies and Business
    Enjoy refreshments and share favorite memories with your classmates!

    Johnson College of Business and Economics
    160 E. St. John St., Spartanburg 

    Friday, Jan. 31

    6 - 8 p.m.

    Bottoms UP Block Party and Alumni Awards 

    Enjoy local craft beer and mingle with fellow alums as we honor our alumni award recipients. 

    RJ Rockers 
    226-A W. Main St., Spartanburg 

    Saturday, Feb. 1

    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Guided Campus Tours 

    USC Upstate alumni, parents and friends are invited to take a guided tour around campus. Explore all that is new, and see how this university has grown in size and impact! Please check in at the Admissions tent outside the G.B. Hodge Center to reserve your spot.

    (on the hour, every hour)

    G.B. Hodge Center 

    10:30 a.m.

    Athletics Hall of Fame Brunch

    Join us as we recognize and honor those individuals with outstanding athletic accomplishments or who have made significant contributions to USC Upstate Athletics. Registration required; additional details to follow.

    Sansbury Campus Life Center
    (Located in the Ballroom)

     

    Noon

    Lay UP Tailgate

    USC Upstate Main Campus 

    12 - 1 p.m.

    Fraternity and Sorority Life Banner Unveling Reception

    During the Homecoming Tailgate, join current members and alumni of USC Upstate fraternities and sororities as we recognize our FSL chapters and celebrate what's next for our Upstate fraternal community. You'll have the first peek at the fraternity/sorority banners that will hang on campus, so be sure to head on over! 

    Admin Building, 2nd Floor Lobby 

    2 p.m.

    Spartan Women’s Basketball v. Campbell 

    G.B. Hodge Center 

    4:30 p.m.

    Spartan Men’s Basketball v. Campbell 

    G.B. Hodge Center 

    For more information about alumni events, please contact Alumni Relations at alumni@uscupstate.edu or 864-503-5093