• Southerners at the Mitchell Center.
  • Southerners on the volleyball court.
  • Southerners with Irving Silver and Frances Grodsky Silver Endowed Presidential Lectureship
  • Group picture of Southerners outside.
  • Southerners in front of a play ship at the Exploreum.
  • Three southerners holding dogs.

The Southerners are a 28-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. 

If you are interested in serving as a Southerner, please submit an application, along with your letter of recommendation, and photo, to the Office of Alumni Relations no later than NOON Wednesday, January 24th. If selected, you will be contacted by Friday,  January 26th to schedule your Open House time slot. Open Houses will be held on Monday, January 29th and Tuesday, January 30th at 5:30PM at the MacQueen Alumni Center. All applicants are required to attend one (1) of the Open Houses to be considered for a group interview. If selected for a group interview, you will be contacted by Wednesday, February 1 to schedule a 30-minute group interview time for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, February 5-7, 2024. To be considered, you must be able to attend all portions of the interview process. Those who are selected for the final interview will be notified by Wednesday, February 7, 2024 by email to schedule an interview time for Friday, February 9, 2024. 


2024 Southerners Application

South Alabama Southerner Ambassadors

michael roque



Michael Roque - President

nicholas flynn



Nicholas Flynn - Vice-President

alexander davis



Alexander Davis - Secretary of Correspondence

Gabrielle Tumbleston



Gabrielle Tumbleston - Secretary of Public Relations

aaryan piracha



Aaryan Piracha

andrea vavrinek



Andrea Vavrinek

anna marie viyuoh



Anna Marie Vuyuoh

anne elizabeth thaxton



Anne Elizabeth Thaxton

avarie lambert



Avarie Lambert

bennett booth



Bennett Booth

Briomma Wilson



Brionna Wilson

chandler kittrell



Chandler Kittrell

erin schreck



Erin Schreck

hannah richardson



Hannah Richardson

hayden matheson



Hayden Matheson

julian cruz



Julian Cruz

junseo park



Junseo Park

luke love



Luke Love

luke sparkman



Luke Sparkman

neil chaudhary



Neil Chaudhary

noah nelson



Noah Nelson




Olivia Andrews

preston reed



Preston Reed

robert greenwood



Robert Greenwood

sadie sease



Sadie Sease

samantha cochran



Samantha Cochran

shubhangi singh



Shubha Singh


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 two 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. 

USA Southerners Oozeball Sponsors

Sponsors include Walters Controls, Poarch Creek Indians, Cardiology Associates, South Alabam Southerners, South Alabama National Alumni Association, Ive Row, The Social, Atlaco LLC, Joe Bullard, Bryant Bank, Student Academic Success, Broadwater Dental, USA Housing, Gulf Coast Children's Clinic, Beckham Partners, Carpe Diem, Diamond Head Dental Clinic, Alumni Atelier, Mitchell Pro Health, Cottage Hill College, and Dixie Service Cleaners.

For more information, please contact the Southerners advisors:

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