Week of Welcome…and Beyond!

 

USA's Week of Welcome is designed to show new freshman and transfer students all the places you belong at South Alabama. From the moment our new students set foot in Housing at Move-In Day, through their First Night on campus, Convocation, and Get-on-Board Day, we have designed a schedule full of events — both academic and social — to highlight our special campus community.

Our goal is to help you get connected with the people, places, and groups that will make sure your time at South is spectacular. You will have the opportunity to meet students across a wide range of areas, learn about new organizations, and discover opportunities to connect with faculty in learning experiences ranging from the classroom to the Gulf of Mexico. 

We look forward to meeting you at one of these opening events. Welcome to South Alabama!

 

Schedule of Events

Sunday, August 9

Disney Trivia
Students can take part in a trivia night all about Disney movies
7:00 pm
Zoom link

Monday, August 10

Guess the Gibberish
There will be a scrambled phrase on the screen and participants will need to guess the phrase before the time runs out!
7:00 pm
Zoom link
Password: JagPride

Tuesday, August 11

Aspirations & Goals for 2020-2021
This event will allow students to look into the future of this academic year and provide them with a foundation for setting goals for this year. We will discuss SMART goals and long term versus short term goals.
7:00 pm
Zoom link

Wednesday, August 12

Honors College
Virtual and at outdoor locations around campus.
Honors Retreat for Honors incoming freshmen.
12:00 pm

USA History Trivia Event
The University of South Alabama Housing Department would like to invite you to join us for our USA History Trivia Event. Join us in celebrating our university's history through the fun of trivia. While participating in a social distancing setting residents will be able to engage with one another and learn more about not only the history of the university, but potentially make new friends.
7:00 pm
Zoom link

Thursday, August 13

Honors College
Virtual and at outdoor locations around campus.
Honors Retreat for Honors incoming freshmen.
8:00 am

Earth Sciences
Glen Sebastian Trail and campus 3-mile Creek walking trail
Geology Geocache: 7 rock boulders consisting of different types of rocks and minerals have been placed around campus (Sebastian Trail & 3-mile Creek Walking Trail) and located with GPS coordinates. The contest will consist of navigating to boulders using given GPS coordinates and then using clues placed next to the boulder to identify the rock. A code uniquely identifying that each contestant found the boulder will be entered on a recording sheet at the boulder. The contestants will enter rock/mineral ID answers at a drop box outside LSCB. The exercise will occur from 10AM-2PM. The winning contestant will receive a rock hammer, 2nd place a hand lens.
10:00 am

USA Sustainability
Let's Talk About Campus Sustainability
3:00 pm
Zoom link

Rose, Thorn, Bud
Students will share three things. The Rose is something good about their summer, Thorn is something bad about their Summer, and Bud is something they're looking forward to during this year.
7:00 pm
Zoom link
Password: JagPride

Friday, August 14

Honors College
Virtual and at outdoor locations around campus
Honors Retreat for Honors incoming freshmen.
8:00 am

Multicultural Student Affairs
OMSA CONNECTS! Virtually connecting new and former students to organizations under our office umbrella.
3:00 pm
Zoom link

Virtual Scavenger Hunt!
This event will include a 'scavenger hunt' in one's own space. The students will be tasked to find commons household/school supplies items in their current space. This will also allow students to make connections with other students through their "show and tell" items.
9:00 pm
Zoom link

Saturday, August 15

Welcome to a New School Year
Students can write letters to elementary school students that will be collected by Housing and distributed to an elementary school.
7:00 pm
Zoom link

USA First Night 2020 featuring Ivan Pecel
7:00 pm
Jaguar Productions is welcoming students back to South as we begin the Fall semester with our signature WOW event “USA Frist Night”. Join us virtually as you’ll meet USA’s student leaders and learn how you can get involved and leave your paw print. Our headliner is world renowned juggler Ivan Pecel. Named one of the “Hottest Comedians of the Year” Ivan will amaze you with his one man show. Whether Ivan is blindly kicking a flaming torch over his head or juggling ping pong balls using only his mouth he’ll have you laughing so hard and will be sure to delight and amaze you. He’s appeared on America's Got Talent, MTV, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Watch with your roommate and get ready to have your mind blown!
Zoom link

Sunday, August 16

Convocation Watch Party
4:00 pm

Please join the University of South Alabama community for this year’s Convocation, which is the official academic welcome to the new school year. This USA tradition welcomes new students and faculty to the University and is an opportunity to kick off the fall semester with the entire Jaguar community.  Convocation 2020 will be a virtual event, and will include messages from USA President Tony Waldrop, student speakers and campus leaders. This annual event provides an opportunity to connect with the academic community at South Alabama as we celebrate student engagement, recognize accomplishments, and observe the beginning of a new academic year.

To join in the Convocation watch party, you may click on the large banner on the USA website homepage, SouthAlabama.edu, this Sunday beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Being Successful in College - Part 1: Academically
This will be the first of a three part event where we will discuss ways/tips to academically succeed. This may include partnering with tutoring center or academic affairs.
7:00 pm
Zoom link

Monday, August 17

Welcome Kiosks
Multiple locations- Welcome Kiosk Map
7:30 am - 4:30 pm daily

Geocaching with Geography
Outside of the Life Sciences Building
Students interested in the event should email David Allison for event details.
11:00 am

First Day of School Photos
Students will have the option of taking a screenshot of themselves with a USA background for the first day of school.
12:00 pm
Zoom link

Jaguar Jeopardy!
Join the Marx Library for a Zoom trivia night. Register, select your team, and answer questions to show everyone just how smart you are!
6:30 pm

Guess That Movie Event
7:00 pm
Zoom link

College Panhellenic Council (CPC) Recruitment Orientation
Virtual

Tuesday, August 18

Welcome Kiosks
Multiple locations- Welcome Kiosk Map
7:30 am - 4:30 pm daily

CPC Recruitment Round 1
Virtual
5:00 pm

Being Successful in College - Part 2: Socially
This will be the second of a three part event where we will discuss ways to get involved on campus and to find home in a new environment.
7:00 pm
Zoom link

Mitchell College of Business, Welcome Students!
MCOB Students stop by the Back Patio to grab a t-shirt and gaiter!
MCOB Back Patio
9:00 – 11:00 am

Wednesday, August 19

Welcome Kiosks
Multiple locations- Welcome Kiosk Map
7:30 am - 4:30 pm daily

FYC and SGA Mingle
This event is an opportunity for students to virtually meet people in SGA and to learn more about how to get involved! We plan to advertise for both SGA and FYC so that students in any year can learn about how they can participate.
11:00 am
Zoom link

International Education and Study Abroad
Thinking about studying abroad but don't know where to start? This is for you! Find out the basics of studying abroad, how to get started, and what to do next!
1:30 pm
Zoom link

CPC Recruitment Round 1 - Sisterhood Night
Virtual
5:00 pm

Mitchell College of Business, Welcome Students!
MCOB Students stop by the Back Patio to grab a t-shirt and gaiter!
MCOB Back Patio
8:00 – 10:00 am

Thursday, August 20

X Marx the Spot Scavenger Hunt: Online Edition!
Online, starting on the Marx Library Instagram page (@marx.library)
Want to learn more about your library? Want to win an awesome prize while you do it? Compete in the X Marx the Spot WOW Scavenger Hunt, and you could win an awesome New York Times tote bag full of swag!

NOTE: The first clue will be released at 9AM, but the clues will be available until 5PM or whenever the puzzle is completed.
9:00 am

Intention Bracelets
Virtual event
Intention Bracelets is a true "meaning making activity". Our experience guide will invite a group of students as they talk through the process of selecting their word. Students will have the opportunity to express their thoughts on why they selected their word and why that word is important to them. She will then create their bracelets using that word live on screen. Bracelets will then be mailed to the students following the event.
Registration Link
12:00 pm

CPC Recruitment Round 2 - Philanthropy Night
Virtual
5:00 pm

Being Successful in College - Part 3: Mentally
This will be the third of a three part event where we will discuss ways to self-care and practice mindfulness through college. This may include partnering with the counseling and testing center.
7:00 pm
Zoom link

Saturday, August 22

ImprovUSA's Water Balloons of Welcome
Delta Pavilion
Calling all new or returning students at South! We at ImprovUSA, an improv comedy group at South, want to welcome you this year by letting you throw water balloons at us! Find out more about our group and how to join while socially distancing. Make sure to wear a mask and bring your best jokes!

There will be a table set up where a member of ImprovUSA will try to make students laugh and if they don't laugh then the student gets to throw a water balloon (waist and below) at a member of ImprovUSA.
1:00 pm

CPC Recruitment Round 3 - Preference Night
Virtual
5:00 pm

2020 Art Behind the Game Online Con
Virtual

Join the Free Con at:
Youtube: USA_Libraries_Art_Galleries
Facebook: USA Libraries Art Galleries
Twitch: usalibrariesartgalleries

Schedule

11:30 - 12:25 pm: Archetypes of Gaming  Gaming Artist, Scott Rutherford, explains the different types of Gamer categories

12:30 - 1:25 pm: Hydration for Cosplayers Lady Heather of Lachlan will discuss armor pieces and demonstrate the crucial need to hydrate

1:30 - 2:25 pm: World Building: It’s More than Just Fantasy Writer, Brian D. Anderson, explains building new worlds Brian D. Anderson is the author of the Godling Chronicles, Lee Starfinder Adventure, the Dragonvein Chronicles, Akiri Chronicles, Vale Chronicles  and the Sorcerer’s Song

2:30 - 3:25 pm  How Diverse Can Gaming Be? Dr. Paul Fraiser, USA Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Need more information? Contact Paula Webb, pwebb@southalabama.edu / 251-652-5062

Sunday, August 23

CPC Recruitment Bid Day
Virtual
Bid Day is the culmination of the recruitment process. All College Panhellenics, regardless of the campus recruitment style, should use Bid Day as an opportunity to welcome new members to the fraternity/sorority community.
5:00 pm

RecFest 2020!
Student Recreation Center
Come have fun, relax and meet new people with Campus Recreation! All events take place at the Student Recreation Center. Students should make a SRC building reservation on the Campus Recreation Portal. Login with your Jag number and JagMail password. Space is limited at each event.

Meet Outdoor Adventures! Learn about our Fall 2020 outdoor adventure trips and equipment available for rental. 5:00-6:30 PM on the back deck.

South Sports' Horse Basketball at 5:00-6:00 PM on the basketball courts.

SouthFit Yoga class at 5:15-5:45 PM on the indoor soccer court. Bring your own mat.

SouthFit Spinning® class at 6:00-6:30 PM on the indoor soccer court.

Trivia Rush at 7:00-8:30 PM on the outdoor pool deck.

SouthFit's POUND®. Rockout. Workout. 7:15-7:45 PM on the indoor soccer court. Bring your own mat.

SouthFit's BodySculpt class at 8:00-8:30 PM on the indoor soccer court. Bring your own mat.

Monday, August 24

Chill Out Week With Career Services
Career Services Virtual Meetings
USA Career Services welcomes our new and returning Jags! This year we are offering a virtual "Chill Out Week with Career Services" the week of August 24th - 28th.You are invited to participate in one of the virtual sessions offered during this week to learn more about us and how we can assist you during your academic career (see Handshake for more details). As a thank you, we'll provide free ice cream vouchers to PCR Ice Cream Café! Hope to see you there and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Monday, August 24th
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Tuesday, August 25th
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm
5:00 pm to 5:15 pm
6:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Wednesday, August 26th
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
4:00 pm to 4:15 pm
5:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Thursday, August 27th
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm
5:00 pm to 5:15 pm
6:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Friday, August 28th
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Tuesday, August 25

Office of Community Engagement: Virtual Open House
Virtual event. Students sign up here: https://forms.gle/jGkTNjWEYaWnbymH7
The Office of Community Engagement is hosting a virtual open house on August 25, 2020, and you're invited. Join us anytime between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and learn how we can support your volunteerism and civic engagement efforts while you're at the University of South Alabama.

Register here: https://forms.gle/jGkTNjWEYaWnbymH7. Once you've done so, our office will send you a Zoom link, meeting i.d., and password. If you have any questions, e-mail communityengagement@southalabama.edu.

We're looking forward to meeting you! Welcome to South!
11:30 am

IFC Recruitment Orientation
Virtual
IFC Recruitment Orientation in which IFC Executive members and the Recruitment Chairs of each fraternity give a presentation and overview of Greek Life at USA and prepare PNMs for the recruitment process by going over guidelines and expectations. For more info, visit https://www.southalabama.edu/departments/greeklife/ifcrecruitmentschedule.html.
6:00 pm

JP Welcome Back Social
Virtual
Meet the Jaguar Productions board members, listen to the exciting events we have planned for you this semester, and learn how to be active in our organization. You’ll have the opportunity to volunteer for upcoming events and join a committee. Be a part of USA's programming board, help decide what events we plan for the year, and be a part of #EntertainmentDoneRight!
Registration Link
6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 26

Center for Academic Excellence
Fresh Food Company
Dig into learning resources at the dining hall! The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) will be providing information about learning resources for you at the University of South Alabama at the Fresh Food Company. We will have information on tutoring, coaching, study sessions, and more!
11:00 am

First Year Council Open House
An opportunity for students who have applied or are interested in applying for FYC to come learn more about the organization. Also the chance to meet and interact with former FYCers.
6:00 pm
Zoom link

Thursday, August 27

Get on Board Day
Virtual
Get On Board Day is an opportunity for USA's 200+ student organizations to reach out to new and returning students, letting them know about each organization's purpose and goals, and promote membership. Organizations are able to reserve tables, set up displays, and recruit new members. Students may meet with club officers and members, ask questions, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in student life at South.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom link

Lattes & Librarians
Virtual
Grab a cup of coffee, join us on Zoom, and meet the librarian who is an expert in your major!
10:00 am

First Year Council Open House
An opportunity for students who have applied or are interested in applying for FYC to come learn more about the organization. Also the chance to meet and interact with former FYCers.
6:00 pm
Zoom link

WOW Virtual Concert feat Judah & The Lion
Jaguar Productions is proud to present national recording artist Judah & The Lion for a virtual private performance exclusive for the South Alabama community. Judah & The Lion have taken the music world by storm with their unique genre-upending mix of pop, folks, hip-hop, bluegrass, and EDM. They topped the alternative songs charts with “Take It All Back” “Suit and Jacket” “Over My Head” and “Why Did You Run”. Their latest release “Beautiful Anyway” currently sits on the Top 30 of Billboard’s Alternative Music Charts. They shared the stage with Twenty One Pilots, KALEO, and performed at Mobile’s TenSixtyFive Music Festival and the Hangout Music Festival.
Registration Link
7:00 pm

Sunday, August 30

Midnight Maze
Student Recreation Center Basketball Courts
Find your way in our glow in the dark maze! But you're not just navigating the route...you're competing against others at the same time!
All events take place at the Student Recreation Center. Students should make a SRC building reservation on the Campus Recreation Portal. Login with your Jag number and JagMail password. Space is limited at each event.
10:00 pm

Monday, August 31

IFC "Meet the Greeks"
Virtual
IFC "Meet the Greeks" Recruitment event in which each fraternity chapter sets up a tent with 3 representatives on the field in order to replace the "open house" nights for the typical formal recruitment process.
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 2

Department Political Science and Criminal Justice Open House with Doughnuts
Humanities Courtyard, north side (closest to the Library)
Meet the Department Chair, enjoy a doughnut, and ask any questions at a safe social distance.
9:00 am

NPHC Informational
Virtual
Every student seeking membership into a NPHC organization is required to attend the NPHC Fall or Spring Informational. The informational is designed to provide an opportunity to learn about each active NPHC Greek organization on campus. This event will take place virtually for the fall 2020 semester, with the attire being business casual. Please visit the NPHC tab under "Join" on the Greek Life Website for information on how to sign up for the Fall Informational Event.
6:00pm-7:00pm pm for sororities and 7:00-8:00pm for the fraternities
Sign Up

More Events To Be Announced