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Trojan Family Weekend App Helps Parents Track Their Schedules

By L. Alexis Young Monday, October 21, 2013

The Trojan Marching Band entertains students and their families at Trojan Family Weekend.Photo by Nathan CarterThe Trojan Marching Band entertains students and their families at Trojan Family Weekend.

Trying to keep track of the multitude of events scheduled for Trojan Family Weekend? There’s an app for that.

The Office for Parent Programs has partnered with Creative Productions to create a free app available in iTunes and Google Play stores that provides families with up- to-date information for the weekend, which takes place Oct. 24-27 on the University Park Campus. “Parents are going to be able to see in real time what’s going on,” said Tina Orkin, associate director of Parent Programs. “We think it’s going to enhance the parents’ experience as well as give better information.”

More than 3,200 parents, students, extended family and friends – including families from 19 countries – are expected to attend the weekend, which has “Trojan Family Values” as its theme.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday with a welcome reception, the annual Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Awards reception, student performances and a film festival. Parents can also attend classes with their students.

USC students and their families now have an app to help them plan their Trojan Family Weekend activities.

USC students and their families now have an app to help them plan their Trojan Family Weekend activities.

Special events on Friday include an address by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, a look behind the scenes at CNN with Trojan parent and CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman and a concert featuring The Beach Boys. Future Trojans, ages 10-15, can participate in all USC has to offer at SCamp.

USC Trojan Marching Band fans can learn about all things Trojan at the popular Trojan Traditions event, led by marching band director Arthur Bartner. Academic deans are hosting receptions and panel discussions. Friday evening highlights include a USC women’s volleyball game against Washington State, and SC’s Got Talent, a high-energy student showcase featuring vocalists, musicians, hip-hop dancers and a variety of other performers.

“It’s a university wide effort; we’re really lucky every school participates,” said Orkin. “It’s a way for USC to shine and for parents to see what goes on here.”

More than 1,800 tickets have been sold for the tailgate barbecue on Saturday and 3,300 people have purchased tickets for the USC vs. Utah football game at 1 p.m.

Sunday morning activities begin with a variety of religious services, followed by brunches and Trojan Tip-Off, the USC basketball open house featuring scrimmages, a fanfest with games and prizes, appearances by the USC Song Girls and Trojan Dance Force and an opportunity to meet players and coaches.

Families should make the Trojan Family Welcome Tent in Herklotz Plaza on Child’s Way their first stop. There they can pick up their personalized itineraries and registration packets, see student performances in the lounge area and pose for free souvenir photos in the photo booth. The tent also features a buy/sell board where parents can exchange tickets to various events. Families registered for the weekend can use their nametags to receive 10% discounts at the USC Bookstore and several other businesses in the area.

Families can take advantage of a free campus shuttle that will provide transportation to and from local hotels and businesses along Figueroa Street. The shuttles can be tracked in real time online at the USC Transportation website,, along with detailed route information.

For more information contact the Office for Parent Programs at (213) 740-2080 or visit

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