Week of Welcome…and Beyond!

 

USA's Week of Welcome is designed to show you all the places you belong at South Alabama. From the moment our new students set foot in Housing at Move-In Day, through their First Night on campus, Convocation, and Get-on-Board Day, we have designed a schedule full of events — both academic and social — to highlight our special campus community.

Our goal is to help you get connected with the people, places, and groups that will make sure your time at South is spectacular. You will have the opportunity to meet students across a wide range of areas, learn about new organizations, and discover opportunities to connect with faculty in learning experiences ranging from the classroom to the Gulf of Mexico. 

We look forward to meeting you at one of these opening events. Welcome to South Alabama!

 

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 11

Women’s Soccer vs. Ole Miss Exhibition Game
The Cage, located on Old Shell Rd. between Stanky Field and Jaguar Field
7:00 pm
The South Alabama Soccer team will play an exhibition game against SEC opponent, Ole Miss at The Cage. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm and admission is free! Come cheer on the Jags!

Saturday, August 12

Move in Day
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Move in Assistance

Residence Hall Floor Meetings
6:00 pm

USA First Night:
Ben Siedman
Mitchell Center
7:00 pm
Are you prepared for a night of amazement and laughter? This First Night the world of magic will be intertwined with the world of comedy for one mind boggling and amusing night! Doubter of magic? Magician and entertainer of the year Ben Siedman will blow your mind! Love to laugh? Comedian Lafayette Wright will keep you laughing for days! Come experience the ULTIMATE college experience. This is First Night like you've never seen it before! Plus FREE FOOD, FREE GIVEAWAYS, and THE EVENT IS FREE!

Sunday, August 13

Jaguars Mind, Body, and Spirit
Student Center Ballroom and Mall
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Looking to join a faith or spiritual organization on campus? Want to start the semester focused on holistic wellness? Join us for Jaguars Mind, Body, and Spirit! The program will introduce you to representatives from USA’s registered faith-based student organizations and their associated local groups and help you get connected to the vibrant faith community here at South Alabama. Also connect with staff from the Student Health Center, Camus Recreation, and Counseling and Testing to ensure a holistic focus on wellness!

SouthFit BodySculpt Class
4:30-5:20 PM, Studio 1, Rec Center
Join SouthFit’s BodySculpt class! Get stronger with this class that uses dumbbells, exercise bands and your own body weight. Free fitness giveaways!

Rockin’ the Rec
Student Recreation Center and Outdoor Pool
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stop, Drop, and Dodge
Indoor Soccer Court, Rec Center
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Students will partake in a large dodgeball game on the indoor soccer court. We will pack in as many students as want to play, thereby creating a last person standing concept out of tens to hundreds of players. Balls flying all over the place, bodies being splattered, arguments everywhere… what could be more fun?

Blanket Ball
Courts 2 and 3, Indoor basketball courts, Rec Center
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Think of Volleyball, a fun game, right? Now, imagine holding blankets to hoist the ball over the net instead of using your hands. Still a good time, right? Now blow the ball up to 10 times the normal size of a regular ball! What do you have? Blanket Ball.

Sno Cones and Trivia on the Deck
Smoothie Bar and Outdoor Patio/Deck, Rec Center
7:15 pm – 8 pm
For this event, the smoothie bar will be open. We will be offering smoothies, beverages and snacks for purchase as well as popcorn and sno cones for free! Students will have easy access from the smoothie bar out onto the deck to sign up and participate in karaoke singing and trivia. Smart people who can carry a tune wanted. Need only apply.

RHA Backyard Bash
Delta Pavilion, between Delta 3 and Delta 4
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Residence Hall Association will host a Backyard Bash to welcome all students to Housing and to the University of South Alabama. There will be a host of fun activities, competitive games, and food for new and returning students to enjoy! Come out to not miss out!

Monday, August 14

Rec Center closed for staff training.

Jaguars Care: WOW Day of Service
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet at the Fresh Food Company Dining Hall
Join JagNation as we come together to serve our community and our campus. Select from over ten different service opportunities across Mobile and on campus. Transportation will be provided. Spend the morning getting to know each other and giving for a good cause. When you’re done, enjoy lunch on campus at the Fresh Food Company.

Chill around the Grill
SGA Pavilion
6:00 pm
This welcome back to school cookout sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is open to USA students, faculty and staff members. It is a night filled with free food, music and a chance to fellowship with friends.

JP Week of Welcome Outdoor Movie
Delta Pavilion
9:00 pm
Join JP for a late night movie at the Residence Halls! We will be showing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on a giant screen for the ultimate cinema experience! We will also have freshly popped popcorn and cold drinks! This is a great way to make new friends and relax before the new semester begins!

Tuesday, August 15

Class of 2021 Picture
Mitchell Center
9:45 am
Calling the entire Class of 2021! Convocation day begins for Freshmen with the 2021 Class Picture. Red, white or blue Jag gear, or other red, white, or blue attire is recommended; first-year students are asked to come to the Mitchell by 9:45 a.m. Meet on the Mitchell Center Floor for the official picture and then move to the JagGym for the Convocation pre-game activities with Jaguar Athletics!

Convocation
Mitchell Center
11:00 am
Convocation will feature a welcome from our President, a student speaker, and words from one of our alumni. This signature event welcomes new students and faculty to the University and is a time to welcome back returning students, faculty, staff and administration for Fall semester. This campus-wide gathering offers the opportunity to connect to the academic community at South Alabama. We will celebrate student engagement, recognize accomplishments, and celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.

Lunch
Mitchell Center Concourse
12:00 pm
Following Convocation, join the campus community for a casual lunch around the Mitchell Center Concourse. Serving stations will be on both the north and south sides.

College Open Houses
1:00pm-3:00pm
After lunch, new students visit their academic "home" — that is the College or School that houses their major- for Dessert with the Deans. Meet your college leadership and get to know some faculty and students. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and find important offices.

Self- Guided Schedule Tour
2:00-4:00 pm
Don't get lost when classes start on Wednesday! With welcome tents out on Tuesday afternoon, after you visit your college “home” it is the perfect time for new students to find their classrooms. Take advantage of the time and resources (not to mention free water) to locate classrooms, learn the shortest way from Azalea Hall to the Life Sciences Building, and figure out parking zones.

"Find your #FlatLibrarian!"
The lobby of the Marx Library (outside of Starbucks)
1:30-3:30pm
Marx Library is hosting an Instagram photo booth stocked with fun props and flat librarians —fans with the liaison librarians' headshots. Students will locate their librarian on a poster and snap a pic with that librarian. There will be giveaways including library swag and candy so come and check it out!

SouthFit Group Fitness Sampler
Fitness Studios, Rec Center
7:30-8:30pm
Rec Center fitness instructors will hold several different fitness classes for an abbreviated amount of time. Try Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Barre Sculpt, Step Aerobics, and more. Students will have the opportunity to walk in and sample different fitness classes the Rec offers and meet some of the instructors. Free fitness giveaways!

Kick-off Cookout
Student Center
4:00 - 7:00 pm
New to South Alabama and have a lot of questions? Returning to USA and want to connect with your friends? This event is for you! This is where you can come learn about campus life at the University of South Alabama from the students who live it! There will be free food, give-a-ways, music and more. Bring your Jag Card to the event. Be in the center of it all!

Wednesday, August 16

Classes Begin

Fraternity Formal Recruitment Interest Session
Student Center
2:00-4:00pm
Being a part of a fraternity at South Alabama shapes men into leaders, creates camaraderie through sports, promotes outreach in the community through philanthropy, and brings lifelong friendships and brotherhood. Men are invited to the interest sessions to find out more about IFC chapters and the recruitment process.

Aloha Luau
3:00-6:00 PM
Student Recreation Center Outdoor Pool Deck
Aloha, USA students. Come join us for free food, drinks, and some awesome give-a-ways. We invite you to participate in some fun water games and sports, a limbo contest, "Push-Ups for Prizes", and learn more about the ARMY ROTC and Campus Recreation departments at USA.

Sorority Recruitment Orientation
*Registration Required
Student Center Ballroom
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Orientation will provide you an opportunity to learn even more about the recruitment process. You will not visit chapters on this day, so come casual. You will meet your Pi Chi (Recruitment Counselor) and the rest of your group for the week.

Thursday, August 17

Fraternity Formal Recruitment Interest Session
Student Center
2:00-4:00pm
Being a part of a fraternity at South Alabama shapes men into leaders, creates camaraderie through sports, promotes outreach in the community through philanthropy, and brings lifelong friendships and brotherhood. Men are invited to the interest sessions to find out more about IFC chapters and the recruitment process.

LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception
Student Center Terrace
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception during the Week of Welcome! Come to hear about what resources are provided on campus and in the community, and build important networks and connections. Brief remarks will begin at 3:15pm and light refreshments provided.

Friday, August 18

CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, directed by Sally Story
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
7:30 pm
Welcome to a world of infinite possibilities; a world in which anything is possible and everything is explored. CONSTELLATIONS is a play that examines the many possible realities that could exist for one couple. Marianne and Roland’s relationship is written in the stars – what direction will they take? Come see this touching, funny, and mind-bending love story! Student tickets are $12. For information contact the Theatre USA Box Office at 251-460-6306.

AASA Party
$5 Admission at the door
Student Center Ballroom
10:00 pm
The African American Student Association will be hosting a back to school party for all USA students in the Student Center Ballroom from 10:00pm to 2:00am. Students must present their Jag Cards to enter the event.

Saturday, August 19

Student Recreation Center Open
8:00 am – 9:00 pm

CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, directed by Sally Story
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
7:30 pm

Sunday, August 20

Student Center Open
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Student Recreation Center Open
1:00 – 9:00 pm

CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, directed by Sally Story
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
2:00 pm

Monday, August 21

JagPAL Course Help Opens
Academic Services Center, JagSuccess
12:00-6:00 pm

JagSuccess will offer FREE course help to include drop-in, group, and appointment based tutoring for over 50 foundational courses from August 21st through the last day of class. Stop by to meet JagPALs, Peer Academic Leaders, get extra practice with course material to reach your academic goals, or to find a quiet place to study. Come early and often!

Tuesday, August 22

Consent Carnival
Student Center Amphitheater
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Get excited to say "YES" to the Consent Carnival! Consent Carnival is an outdoor fair-style event sponsored by the Sexual Assault and Violence Educators and the Violence Prevention Alliance at the University of South Alabama. Come play some of your favorite games, learn about consent and resources in the community and win prizes!

First Gen Reception
Student Center 203
3:00-5:00 pm

Like much of South’s student population many of our faculty, staff, and administrators were the first in their families to attend college. The First Gen Meet & Greet will provide students, faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as first-generation college students the opportunity to connect with one another over light refreshments. Please join us for fellowship, food, and fun.

Sorority Recruitment Bid Day
Sorority Commons
5:30 pm
Bid Day marks the end of Recruitment week. This is the day that invitations to join a Panhellenic sorority are distributed. Open to all family and friends of potential members.

Yoga & Meditation Flash Mob
Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza
5:30 pm - 7:0 pm
Relaxing yoga will be followed by meditation, walking meditation and free dinner catered by Bangkok Thai. Please bring your own yoga mat. Meditation cushions will be provided. No experience necessary. This is a free event. Guest yoga instructor is Kristine Alford and Meditation will be led by Dr. Nena Nimit, a USA Psychiatry resident and co-founder of the USA Meditation & Mindfulness Club. Walking meditation will be led by Dr. Kent Welsh, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Mobile. Please RSVP for dinner at: www.meditationcenterofalabama.weebly.com. Please join our event at https://www.facebook.com/usamedclub/ for up-to-date information in the event of weather changes. We look forward to enjoying a peaceful and relaxing evening with you on the beautiful USA campus.

Wednesday, August 23

Career Services On-Campus and Part Time Jobs Fair
Student Center Ballroom
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Get On Board Day
Student Center Lobby
11:00am - 1:00 pm
Get On Board Day is an opportunity for USA's 200+ student organizations to reach out to new and returning students, letting them know about each organization's purpose and goals, and promote membership. Organizations are set up displays and recruit new members. Students may meet with club officers and members, ask questions, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in student life and leave your paw print at South!

Academic Services Center Open House
Academic Services Center
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our mission is your academic success! Come by the ASC, grab some snacks, and get your academic resources in line. The ASC includes First Year Advising, the Writing Center, JagSuccess, Student Athlete Academic Services, the Math Technology Lab, and the VA. Student Veterans, your study lounge is here too, drop by and check it out.

NPHC Informational
Student Center Ballroom
6:30 pm
NPHC Fall Informational is an opportunity for USA students to meet the university's divine nine group. This is a mandatory event for all students that are interested in joining a NPHC Greek organization. Students must be dressed in business attire and have their student JagID cards. The cost of the event is $5.00.

JP Bingo for Books
Dining Hall Meeting Room
7:00 pm
Textbooks are expensive and Jaguar Productions would like to help a lucky student pay for one! Want this person to be you? Then come out to Bingo for Books to win this textbook rental and lots of other cool prizes! This is Bingo like you've never seen it before.

Thursday, August 24

Get On Board Day
Student Center Lobby
11:00am - 1:00 pm
Get On Board Day is an opportunity for USA's 200+ student organizations to reach out to new and returning students, letting them know about each organization's purpose and goals, and promote membership. Organizations are set up displays and recruit new members. Students may meet with club officers and members, ask questions, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in student life and leave your paw print at South!

Academic Services Center Open House
Academic Services Center
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Our mission is your academic success! Come by the ASC, get some snacks, and get your academic resources in line. The ASC includes First Year Advising, the Writing Center, JagSuccess, Student Athlete Academic Services, the Math Technology Lab, and the VA. Student veterans, your study lounge is here too, drop by and check it out.

JP Block Party
Mitchell Center
6:00 - 9:00 pm
It’s that time of the year again! Jaguar Productions annual Block Party is back like it never left! All the free food, fun, games, and music you can handle at the Mitchell Center Belltower at 6 pm! Come out for one of the most memorable nights you will experience at South!

Friday, August 25

JP Comedy Night with Darren “Big Baby” Brand and Chico Bean
Student Center Ballroom
8:00 pm
You have heard of Wild N' Out, haven't you? You've heard of the Freestyle Funny Tour, right? Well, Jaguar Productions is bringing Darren "Big Baby" Brand AND Chico Bean! Yea, that's right! Get ready to be engulfed in a night of laughter! The doors open at 7 PM but the show starts at 8 PM in the Student Center Ballroom on August 25th! You don't want to miss this!

All events are free and open unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, August 26

South Success Summit: Determine Your Direction
Student Center Ballroom
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join us for free food, fun, and prizes! With so many paths to take, it can be easy to get lost in all of the decisions you will make in college. The success summit is a half-day, event designed for any and all USA students who want to start their semester in the right direction and enhance their academic performance. Students will attend sessions on topics designed to help them achieve their academic goals and maximize their learning for the fall semester. They should leave feeling empowered, armed with plans and ideas for being a successful student at south. Free fun, food, and prizes!