College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message with faculty and staff on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021: 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

One of our back-to-school traditions is the Back to School Picnic, usually held in TD Arena the week before classes begin. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, we cannot hold such a large gathering inside – and, due to the normal, hot weather associated with August, we cannot hold a meal outside comfortably.

However, I do want to mark the moment of our return, and we will do so with a drop-in ice cream (dairy-free options available) social in the Cistern Yard. During the social, we will also recognize employee service awards, faculty award winners and staff award winners.

Back to School Social

  • Time: 2:00 p.m., August 17, 2021
  • Place: Cistern Yard
  • RSVP: please use this form to register your attendance.

Our hope is to use the savings from this event to enhance the holiday party experience later this year. And I hope you will join me in the Cistern Yard next Tuesday to mark the occasion and enjoy some special treats!



Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston