• Group of Southerners at Ooze Olympics, 202, with banners in the background
  • Group of Southerners  with Southpaw after basketball game in the Mitchell Center
  • Southerners under the Moulton Tower on Alumni Weekend 2021
  • Group of 16 Southerner Volunteers at Foster Closet event
  • Southerners in the stands at 2021 South Alabama vs Troy Football game in Hancock Whitney stadium

The Southerners are a 24-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. 

  • South Alabama Southerner Ambassadors
  • Kartik Patel
    Korey Shively
    Hannah Giannini
    Catherine Lyons
    Anna Catherine Fincher
    Abby Mock
    Aaryan Piracha
    Andrea Vavrinek
    Anne Elizabeth Thaxton
    Annie Mascia
    Avarie Lambert
    Caroline Whatley
    Christopher Allen
    Erin Schreck
    Connor Hartery
    Grace Abernathy
    Grace Sekaya
    Hayden Matheson


  • Jamie Carpenter
    Joseph Hantouche
    Julian Cruz
    Kalen Means
    Luke Langlinais
    Luke Love
    Melanie Watson
    Mia Sarafijanovic
    Michael Pierce
    Michael Roque
    Neil Chaudhary
    Nicholas Flynn
    Noah Nelson
    Olivia Quimby
    Reagan Crew
    Sarah Hemelt
    Spencer Hammond
    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 Beckham Partners, Bryant Bank, Insomnia Cookies, Fairhope Brewing Company, ABC Supply Co, USA Southerners, Mob Sno, Edward Jones, RGG, USA National Alumni Association, Red Beards Outfitter, Carpe Diem, Traditions at South, OWA, USACAE, USA Housing, Poarch Creek Indians, Walters Controls, Joe Bullard, Chicken Salad Chick, Global USA, USA SGA, PPM Consultants

For more information, please contact the Southerners advisors:

Matthew Brannan, USA National Alumni Association:

Kayley Shepard, Southerners Staff Advisor:

Kristi Clayton, Southerners Staff Advisor:

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