South Magazine

Patrick Dungan, Doug Whitmore, and Jeb Shell

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!

Spring 2019

McKinney family

Championing the Gift, Leaving a Legacy

With construction underway and the MacQueen Alumni Center closer to becoming a reality at the University of South Alabama, a new fund development effort has been championed by another alumnus, Lee McKinney, a former member of the USA National Alumni Association board of directors.

College of Engineering Celebrates 50 Years logo

College of Engineering Celebrates 50 Years

It was 1964 at the University of South Alabama. Fall enrollment – the first fall enrollment for the one-year-old university – was 928 students. There was only one building. But it was from these humble beginnings that a seed was planted. 

Eugenie Sellier with a bag of food to donate

Destined to a Life of Service

Like many children, Eugenie Sellier’s mom warned her to eat the food on her plate because there were kids in the world who were starving. And like most kids, she knew that meant she better finish her dinner. Growing up in Pass Christian, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Sellier realized there were people who went without enough food.

Abraham Mitchell

Mitchell Match

The playing field at the University of South Alabama’s new Hancock Whitney Stadium will be named Abraham A. Mitchell Field, in recognition of a $5 million commitment from Mitchell to the football stadium project.

Momentum Builds for Pediatric Emergency Department

Momentum Builds for Pediatric Emergency Department

No one wants to think about their child being rushed to a hospital emergency department. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and thousands of children are seen in the pediatric emergency department at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital each year.

William B. Burnsed Jr.

William B. Burnsed Jr. Department of Mechanical Engineering

William B. “Bill” Burnsed Jr., a 1972 graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Engineering, has donated $1.5 million to the college’s department of mechanical engineering, which will be named the William B. Burnsed Jr. Department of Mechanical Engineering.