• 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 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. The 2019-2020 application will open on Monday, January 21, 2019 and close on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 5:00PM. 

All applicants are encouraged to visit with current Southerners at the open house Monday, February 4th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., at the USA Faculty Club.  The Southerners will be happy to answer any questions you may have about guidelines, duties and the application procedure, and take a photo for your application if you need one.

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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 three 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 30th Annual Oozeball Mud Volleyball Tournament was held on April 21, 2018. 

For more information, please contact the Southerners advisors:

Ailey Shirazi, USA National Alumni Association:

Dr. Nick Gossett, Southerners Faculty Advisor:


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