Messages from the President - 2018

USA President Tony Waldrop’s messages to the University community are posted below and on the University’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/theuniversityofsouthalabama. You can also follow him on Instagram (USA Waldrops).


May 18, 2018

 

I am moved by the generosity of our employees and retirees as the 2018 South Fund annual giving campaign comes to an end with $822,856 raised for scholarships, research, health care and other University needs.

This is the second-largest amount raised since the fund's inception, bringing in a total of $8.2 million over 15 years.

Though impressive, the money raised is just part of the power of your gift. By supporting "our own," your investment in the University of South Alabama reaffirms that faculty, staff and retirees believe in USA's mission and its transformational impact on the community. And through gifts that support needs such as endowments, student scholarships and life-saving equipment at USA Health, you are changing lives today and for future generations.

In addition to the campaign's name change this year to the South Fund, this was the first year of USA Giving Day. Employees raised more than $100,000 on March 22, a 24-hour giving initiative that brought in $364,368.

Thank you to the chairs of this year's South Fund campaign: Scott Weldon, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Dr. John Marymont, Vice President for Medical Affairs; and Dr. Jean McIver, Professor Emeritus. Also, thank you to the Office of Development and the unit representatives who were involved in the day-to-day fundraising efforts. Most of all, thank you to all the donors, including those who offered matching gift incentives.

For more information about this year's South Fund, visit: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/publicrelations/pressreleases/051818southfund.html

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President

 


May 7, 2018

 

USA employees are tremendously generous with their time. The University wants to support that spirit of giving through the launch of the USA Employee Community Volunteer Program. Through this program, which will allow all eligible full-time (1.0 FTE employees from campus and the health system) to use paid leave to volunteer for up to eight (8) hours each fiscal year, we also are upholding our institutional priority of University-Community Engagement.

The program will begin this month and repeat on October 1 for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Eligible employees can volunteer at a United Way of Southwest Alabama-affiliated agency through the United Way Volunteer Connect site, which can be accessed through the website of South’s Office of Community Engagement under the Faculty and Staff tab at southalabama.edu/communityengagement.

As you know, United Way has been a strong partner with the University of South Alabama. Last year alone, South employees donated nearly $250,000 to agencies through USA’s annual giving campaign. The Office of Community Engagement is administering this new program. More information, including program policies and procedures, are on their website. Before registering, employees should get approval from their supervisor and discuss options for when they will do their service.

Participation is voluntary, and we know that employees donate considerably more than eight hours a year of their time and energy to causes across our community. This is a small but important way that the University can support your efforts.

Please consider joining us by volunteering with an agency whose mission and work inspires you and is positively impacting lives.

For questions, contact the Office of Community Engagement at communityengagement@southalabama.edu or 460-6116.

Dr. Tony G. Waldrop
President
  Dr. John V. Marymont
Vice President, Medical Affairs/Dean, COM
 
Dr. G. David Johnson
Provost and Sr VP for Academic Affairs
  G. Owen Bailey
Chief Executive Officer, USA Health
Senior Associate VP for Medical Affairs

 


April 12, 2018

 

Faculty, staff and students,

Please consider joining others at businesses, schools and organizations across the state by participating in National Walk @ Lunch Day on April 18th.

National Walk @ Lunch Day was designed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association "to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles to make walking a healthy habit for life." It can be challenging to find time in our busy schedules for physical activity. For some people, walking at lunch can be a first step toward a healthier lifestyle. For others, it can be a way to enhance their current level of exercise. Also, this may be the perfect time for you to try out the new 1.5-mile shaded Jag Fitness Trail.

Participation is easy. Bring your comfortable footwear to work. Take time as permitted during your regular lunch break to walk or join your co-workers in group walks. There will be organized groups at the following locations:

  • Main Campus: Jag Fitness Trail (at Fitness Zone 2 near the traffic circle), Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail (at the Kiosk), Jaguar Track.
  • Medical Center Campus: Walking Path
  • Children's & Women's Hospital, MCI and the Strada Center: Geri Moulton Children's Park

For USA employees, the Employee Wellness Initiatives Committee would like to know how many employees walk on April 18. Please help us capture USA's participation by sending an email on April 19 to employeewellness@southalabama.edu that includes the name, department and phone number of each participant. If you walked with a group of employees, only one email is needed. The committee thanks you in advance for your assistance.

To learn more about the Employee Wellness Initiatives Committee and National Walk @ Lunch Day, visit the committee's website at www.southalabama.edu/wellnessinitiatives.

*People with health issues/concerns should always seek medical guidance before beginning any new exercise regimen.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama

 


March 15, 2018

 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that on April 17 we are hosting the inaugural All Employee Picnic at Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza, a result of the input many of you gave about expanding our employee recognition events.

This picnic will run four hours in an attempt to accommodate the diversity of employee work schedules. I am asking every senior leader and manager to allow you flexibility within your schedule to attend this event at some point during the day. Please visit this link to view the Save the Date.

Expect additional details, as well as registration information, in the near future. If you have any immediate questions, please contact our Office of Special Events at specialevents@southalabama.edu. Also to learn more about Employee Recognition events for the year, please visit this website.

On behalf of the entire senior leadership team, thank you for your continued passion and commitment to the University of South Alabama.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.
President
University of South Alabama

 


March 13, 2018

 

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

The University of South Alabama is committed to providing opportunities for fitness and wellness for our community. As part of this commitment, we are pleased to announce the completion of the Jag Fitness Trail.

Please join us for the dedication of our new fitness trail on Thursday, March 15. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a brief program beginning at 11:30 at the end of USA North Drive near the traffic circle.

The 1.5 mile finely crushed stone trail runs alongside USA Drive North, Aubrey Green Drive and Health Services Drive. There are three fitness stations along the way for functional fitness and body-weight training.

The path is near other opportunities for fitness and recreation. It is directly across the street from the wooded Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail and borders the disc golf course. Each of these amenities are free and open to the University community.

The vision for creating this path was carried out by the Department of Campus Recreation and Student Affairs with help from Facilities Management, and we thank them for making the trail an outstanding new addition to our campus.

It has been encouraging to see many people already using the Jag Fitness Trail. If your schedule allows, bring your sneakers and join us March 15 to see it yourself.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D.,
President

John V. Marymont, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs