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Agoge: Becoming a Spartan


Welcome to USC Upstate!
August 14-24, 2016

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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AGOGE Events — 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. to be included in your Class of 2020 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 2020 photo in the Hodge Arena. Please wear business casual attire.



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 24 and you will receive an Agoge T-shirt.

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August 14-24, 2016

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

Amandela Harris
Executive Assistant
(864) 503-5107
Campus Life Center, Rm. 303

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