South Magazine

Collage of stories in Fall 2019 issue

SOUTH Magazine is for you—our alumni. It’s a tangible way for you to connect with the University from wherever you live. The biannual publication features stories about USA alumni from around the world who are making a difference in their communities through their careers and passions. SOUTH also covers stories about our faculty who are leaders in their fields and researchers who are making ground-breaking discoveries. SOUTH keeps you up-to-date with the latest accomplishments in Jags athletics and gives you the opportunity to engage in alumni activities and ways to support the University.

We hope you enjoy reading SOUTH as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. If you are a USA graduate and have not been receiving your copy of SOUTH, please contact the National Alumni Association at or (251) 460-7084.

Thank you, and Go Jags!

Fall 2019

Ken Simon

Educate Thyself Brother, And You Will Go Far

The way Ken Simon tells it, the future University of South Alabama trustee never had a choice. “To be honest, I didn’t really choose South. I intended to attend college out of state. But my mother put the kibosh on that plan, and essentially told me where I was going to go…

Kelsey Moon

The Art of Learning

As a nursing student, Kelsey Moon never imagined she would be studying art history in Italy. But pushing herself beyond her comfort zone is a challenge Moon readily accepts. A sophomore in USA’s College of Nursing, Moon grew up in Birmingham, the youngest of three.

Kelvin Herring

Conversing in another culture

Kelvin Herring has always loved meeting new people. It’s what drew him to the field of psychology and the goal of one day becoming a counselor. But as a first-generation college student from Ashville, Ala., he never dreamed he would have the opportunity to create friendships that span an ocean.

Rick Green

A playground for innovation

Like many great inventions, Rick Green’s was born out of necessity. A necessity for the perfect smoked ribs. Green is an instructor in the University of South Alabama’s School of Computing, and he’s always had an aptitude for learning how things work.

Gabi Wilson cooking in kitchen

Prescription for good health: Learning to cook

Clad in chef’s whites, instructor Gabi Wilson addresses the class. “Tonight we’ve got avocado toast. It’s super trendy right now,” she says. “Group 2 will make a spinach and feta frittata, essentially a crustless quiche.” Clad in chef’s whites, instructor Gabi Wilson addresses the class.

Jan-Louw Kotze

Sporting Glory Gives Way to Something More Fulfilling

Jan-Louw Kotze came to the University of South Alabama hoping to compete for a discus gold medal in the Olympics. That didn’t work out (although he hasn’t quite given up on it yet). In the meantime, his experience at South has led him to something more satisfying.