The Southerners are a 20-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. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now open. Click here to apply. Application deadline is Tuesday, February 4th.
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. The 32nd Annual Oozeball Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held on April 18, 2020.
For more information, please contact the Southerners advisors:
Ailey Arrow Cometti, USA National Alumni Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nick Gossett, Southerners Faculty Advisor: email@example.com