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The Southerners originated in 1978, 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. Funded and directed by the Office of Alumni Relations and National Alumni Association, “The Southerners” serve as the official ambassadors for the University of South Alabama throughout the country.

For more information, contact Southerner Advisors: Ailey Shirazi ( or Dr. Nick Gossett (



Members are chosen on the basis of an essay-type application, interviews, academics, and extracurricular achievements. Click here to access the 2018-2019 Southerners Application. For more information, contact Southerner Advisors, Ailey Shirazi ( or Dr. Nick Gossett (

Southerner Information and Request

The Southerners, a 20-member group sponsored by the USA Alumni Association, work closely with alumni, University administration and community groups to promote South Alabama. The official ambassadors of the University, this group is available to assist with event hosting responsibilities. Please do not request them for usher or food service requirements. This elite group is trained to host VIP’s, provide campus tours and welcome alumni and guests to the University of South Alabama.

To request assistance, please complete the form below. Submit it to the Office of Alumni Relations a minimum of two/three weeks in advance of event date, if possible. 

Request Form


The 30th Annual Oozeball Mud Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  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. 

All funds raised through Oozeball support the Southerner “Spotting Excellence” Scholarship, a creative application scholarship awarded University of South Alabama students that display excellence in and out of the classroom.  In addition, all funds raised will be matched by the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, doubling your impact on our University.

Oozeball 2018 - Saturday, April 21, 2018

Oozeball Team Application