• Two male and one female Southerner in front of Moulton tower at night at the Wall of Honor Unveiling
  • Three Southerners in the oozeball pit holding up J sign for Jaguars

The Southerners are a 24-member group of USA students who work closely with the National Alumni Association, President’s Office and other University and community groups to fulfill vital roles in every aspect of University relations. Founded in 1978, the Southerners are funded and directed by the Office of Alumni Relations and the USA National Alumni Association. The Southerners serve as the official ambassadors for the University of South Alabama throughout the country.


Members are chosen on the basis of an essay-type application, interviews, academics and extracurricular achievements. 


We are so excited to welcome students to the Southerners family! Fill out the application linked below to start the application process.

Application Timeline

  • Applications Open: January 18, 2022
  • Applications Close: February 11, 2022
  • Open House: February 16 & 17, 2022
  • Group interviews: February 21-23, 2022
  • Final Interviews: February 25, 2022

Information and Requests

As the official ambassadors of the University, the Southerners are available to assist with event hosting. Please do not request the group for ushering or food service requirements. This elite group is trained to host VIPs, provide campus tours and to welcome alumni and guests to the University of South Alabama campus and USA Health System.

To request the Southerners’ assistance, please complete this form, and submit it to the Office of Alumni Relations a minimum of two weeks in advance of event date.


Oozeball is one of the longest-running and most popular student organized fundraisers on campus.  With more than 600 participants each year, Oozeball is an annual tradition loved and supported by students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of the University of South Alabama.

Funds raised through Oozeball support the Southerner Spotting Excellence Scholarship, a creative application scholarship awarded USA students who display excellence in and out of the classroom.  Funds raised through this event are also matched by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, which supports undergraduate students. 

For more information, please contact the Southerners advisors:

Matthew Brannan, USA National Alumni Association:

Kayley Shepard, Southerners Staff Advisor:

Kristi Clayton, Southerners Staff Advisor:

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