Week of Welcome…and Beyond!

Winter Week of Welcome 2022

Winter Week of Welcome is designed to help returning students and transfer students celebrate the start of a new semester. If you're a returning student, welcome back to campus. If you're new to South, we're so glad you chose to become a Jaguar, and we look forward to welcoming you to 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

Sunday,  January 9, 2022

Biology Bash
Life Science Building Lecture Hall (LSLH 003)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Incoming freshmen, transfer students and rising sophomores will be able to meet fellow biology majors and biology faculty, consider joining their peers in the Biology Student Association, learn about dept. awards and scholarships, and find their classrooms for the spring semester.

Glow Zumba
Student Recreation Center, Fitness Studio 1
7:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Come try SouthFit's free group exercise classes with Glow Zumba! Kickstart this semester's exercise goals with this Latin dance class. Water bottles, glow sticks and accessories will be provided.

Monday,  January 10, 2022

SouthBound Open House & Help Tents
Mobile Townhouse and Meisler Hall Lawns
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
The Division of Enrollment Services will have two help tent locations set up to welcome and assist both new and returning students. New students can stop by either location to pick up their Southbound Orientation Welcome Pack and get information from staff and students regarding the first week of class, campus services, academic resources and much more. In addition, any students (new or returning) who need help navigating campus can stop by for directions or guidance.

Get on Board With the School of Computing
Shelby Hall Atrium
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Still looking for your place within the School of Computing? Join us in the Shelby Hall atrium to grab snacks in between classes and learn more about our computing-specific student organizations.

Spilling the Tea on Travel: Fulbright Focus
Podcast Link: https://anchor.fm/oie-study-abroad
1:00 pm
This podcast will promote opportunities to apply to Fulbright Scholarship Awards, which fund student studies and teaching abroad. The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of International Education will offer a panel early in the spring semester to faculty and students who may be interested in applying to Fulbright opportunities in April 2022. The podcast will provide a sneak peek of the upcoming panel to start informing people about the Fulbright program and encourage them to participate. We would like to email a podcast link to faculty and students during WOW to advertise the in-person event in February.

Dessert with the Deans
Health Sciences Building Lobby
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
Dessert with the leadership of the College of Allied Health Professions and the College of Nursing

Tuesday,  January 11, 2022

College of Engineering Welcome
Next to the Einstein Statue
7:45 am - 9:30 am
Come by the College of Engineering for a hot chocolate bar and donuts.

SouthBound Open House & Help Tents
Mobile Townhouse and Meisler Hall Lawns
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
The Division of Enrollment Services will have two help tent locations set up to welcome and assist both new and returning students. New students can stop by either location to pick up their Southbound Orientation Welcome Pack and get information from staff and students regarding the first week of class, campus services, academic resources and much more. In addition, any students (new or returning) who need help navigating campus can stop by for directions or guidance.

First Year Council Welcome Table
Student Center Mall
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Stop by the welcome table with the Public Relations Committee of First Year Council (FYC) for some giveaways and to find out what FYC can do to support first year students!

Pop By the Library!
USA Marx Library 2nd Floor Library Entrance
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Pop by the Marx Library for some delicious popcorn and a chance to explore the library! Popcorn is available while supplies last!

USA Climbing Wall New Year’s Resolution: Climb Everest
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is an appealing challenge for adventurers around the globe. The Outdoor Adventures staff would like to propose a much safer and less expensive way for you to climb Everest this year. By climbing the rock wall at the Student Rec Center to the top 324 times, you are climbing the 11,329 feet from base camp to the summit of Mount Everest! 

Make climbing Everest your New Year's Resolution. Join us as we get a head start on the Everest Challenge and cheer each other on! New climbers are welcome, and we will provide you with all of the gear that you need. 

Prizes will be awarded to anyone who completes 25, 50, or 100 climbs towards their Everest Challenge during the event. Have you already completed the Everest Challenge? Don’t worry, we have a Second Everest specifically for you!

Wesley Foundation Methodist Campus Ministry Kick-off Dinner and Worship
South Wesley, 5835 Old Shell Road (Across from campus and the Mitchell Center)
6:00 pm
Whether you’re a freshman, transfer, or have been around for a while, join other students as they kickoff spring semester with a home-cooked meal and a meaningful worship service at 7:00 pm with music led by our student worship team. If you can’t join us this week, come any Tuesday throughout the semester.

Open Auditions for Spring 2022 Theatre USA Productions
Laidlaw Performing Arts Bldg, MainStage
6:30 pm
Theatre USA is holding auditions, open to any USA student, for its Spring 2022 productions, Dog Sees God, and The Wolves. Auditions for Dog Sees God are scheduled for Tuesday evening the 11th, and auditions for The Wolves are scheduled for Wednesday evening the 12th, both on the MainStage of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Bldg. Roles are available in Dog Sees God for 4 females and 4 males, and roles are available in The Wolves for 10 females.

Wednesday,  January 12, 2022

College of Engineering Welcome
Next to the Einstein Statue near South Parking Lot
7:45 am - 9:30 am
Join the College of Engineering for a free hot chocolate and donut treat for your first week on campus. 

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice Open House
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice Office, Humanities Building 226
9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice invites you to meet fellow majors and minors, or to hear more about our programs. Free T-Shirts will be available for majors, and free doughnuts for all.

English Soapbox Event
Humanities Courtyard
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Stop by for coffee, donuts, and to hear English faculty read their favorite radical literary passages!

Academic Services Center Welcome Back Bash! 
Academic Services Center, 111 Student Services Drive
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Come Join the departments in the Academic Services Center for Food, Fun & Free Stuff to Start the Year Off Right! Stop by the Academic Services Center, 111 Student Services Drive- beside the Tennis Courts- to tie-dye free t-shirts, play games, fill up on free food, and of course, have any of your questions answered! Participating offices: Academic Advising & Transfer Services, Career Services, Student Academic Success, and Veterans Affairs.

Desserts in the Dark
Student Center Room 205
6:00 pm
Join the Center for Educational Accessibility & Disability Resources and USA’s Women of Excellence for a sweet treat at our “Desserts in the Dark'' event. Panelists of local community partners and USA students will host a conversation on blindness and vision loss that will include eating delicious desserts with vision impairment devices.

Open Auditions for Spring 2022 Theatre USA Productions
Laidlaw Performing Arts Bldg, MainStage
6:30 pm
Theatre USA is holding auditions, open to any USA student, for its Spring 2022 productions, Dog Sees God, and The Wolves. Auditions for Dog Sees God are scheduled for Tuesday evening the 11th, and auditions for The Wolves are scheduled for Wednesday evening the 12th, both on the MainStage of the Laidlaw Performing Arts Bldg. Roles are available in Dog Sees God for 4 females and 4 males, and roles are available in The Wolves for 10 females.

Thursday,  January 13, 2022

Lattes in the Library
Marx Library Learning Commons
1:30 pm

JP Karaoke Night
Student Center Terrace
6:00 pm
Ready to rock this next semester? Then join Jaguar Productions for a fun night of karaoke! Choose from a song selection of over 4,000 songs spanning multiple genres and eras of music.

Friday,  January 14, 2022

Crate Stacking Competition
Student Center Rock Climbing Wall
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
See how many crates you can climb while a staff member belays you. Prizes will be available for the top competitors!

Night At The Casino
Student Center Ballroom
6:00 pm
Come hang out and have the time of your life with Jaguar Productions at night in the casino! There will be music and snacks to fuel you up for your poker face :)