|STUDENT AFFAIRS AND STUDENT SERVICES
|The Division of Student
Affairs is responsible for that part of the students
total educational experience which takes place
outside the formal classroom program. Among its
concerns are housing, Student Center, Mitchell
Center, student activities, recreation, student
organizations, programs, disciplinary actions,
disabled student services, community service,
personal counseling, minority affairs, testing
services, food services, bookstore, and University
Police. Through such activities as the Student
Government Association, the students are given
a responsible voice in the governance of the University.
(See Student Handbook, The
Lowdown.) Students also participate
as members of University-wide committees as well
as on committees within the colleges of the University.
|The University of South
Alabama, concerned with the total growth and development
of its students, believes that attention should
be given, not only to the intellectual aspect
of this growth but also to the physical, social,
emotional, and spiritual aspects. Through all
of the services and programs of the University,
students will hopefully acquire, along with a
sound intellectual competence, a maturing sense
|The mission of the Student
Center is to serve as a focal point of the
campus where the University family - students,
faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the extended
community, can participate in informal association
outside of the classroom. As the center of the
University community it provides programs by students
and for students which encourage the understanding
and appreciation of cultural pluralism and ethnic
diversity. It also provides opportunities for
citizenship, social responsibility, and leadership
development where students can enhance their educational
development and enrich the Universitys environment.
|Located in the building
are lounge areas, Southpaw Services, a state-of-the-art
computer lab, a student art gallery, office space
for student organizations, recreational facilities,
dining services, and other service facilities.
Six meeting rooms, a ballroom, and audio-visual
equipment are available at no charge to student
organizations, and administrative and academic
departments. Individuals and outside organizations
may reserve space and equipment for a small fee.
|Reservations for any space
in or around the Student Center may be made in
Southpaw Services, Monday through Friday, 8:00
a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at (251)460-6077.
|The Campus Recreation Department
is designed to offer a wide variety of recreational
activities to the entire University community.
Campus Recreation accommodates many styles of
participation, including team and individual competition
in a variety of sports and activities with purely
fitness emphasis such as aerobics, weight training,
etc. Persons or groups may use recreational facilities
or equipment for social activities approved by
the Campus Recreation Department. The continuing
goal of the program is to provide recreational
activities that offer optimum benefits of enjoyment,
health, social interaction, and sportsmanship
|The Student Recreation Center
opened in 1992 with racquetball courts, basketball
courts, an indoor running track, and a fitness
center. The Student Recreation Center opened in 1992 with racquetball courts, basketball courts, an indoor running track, and a fitness center. The Intramural Field Complex, containing 6 multi-purpose playing areas, opened fall semester 2003. The telephone number for the Student Recreation Center is (251) 460-6065, and the telephone number for the Intramural Field Complex is (251) 461-1627.
Counseling Services are staffed by professional
counselors who are available to assist students
with personal problems as well as with academic
and vocational concerns. All types of adjustment
and emotional problems are handled, including
marriage and pre-marriage counseling, on a self-referral
basis. Psychotherapy is provided by qualified
counselors and referrals are made to various agencies
as needs arise. The Counseling Service provides
psychological testing and evaluation and coordinates
other appropriate campus survival
activities. No fees are charged for counseling,
but, in some cases, a small fee is required for
certain testing services. Counseling records are
considered professional information and are protected
accordingly. Personal confidences are strictly
respected. Students may seek information or appointments
either by telephoning (251) 460-7051 or by visiting
the Counseling Services, located in Alpha Hall
East, Room 326.
has established a Center for Substance Abuse Education
and Prevention. This office provides assessment,
counseling, intervention, and referral services
for University students and employees. There is
no charge for information or on-campus counseling.
Contact the Manager, Substance Abuse Counseling
at (251) 460-7980 located in Alpha Hall East, Room
|CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
Police Department has a Crime Prevention Program
and a Crime Prevention Officer located on the
main campus in Faculty Court
South, Room 20. The telephone number is
(251) 460-6611. Our Prevention Program includes
lighting and safety programs, Rape Awareness Seminars
and information, self-defense information, and
campus safety tips.
|DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES
|The University offers special
services to students with disabilities. Students
requesting services must submit documentation
regarding the disability to the Special Student
Services office prior to receiving appropriate
services. Services provided may include but are
not limited to: priority registration, counseling,
advocacy training, enlargements for the visually
impaired, notetakers, textbooks on tape, readers,
writers, extended testing time and any reasonable
accommodation covered under Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and ADA of 1990. The
Special Student Services office is located in
the Student Center, Room 270, (251) 460-7212.
|DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
|The University does not
permit the possession, consumption, or distribution
of alcohol by an individual on any of its campuses
and in any of its facilities except as designated.
Organizations may be permitted to have alcohol
at events if permission is granted through the
Office of Campus Involvement. The possession,
consumption, and/or distribution of illegal substances
without a medical prescription are forbidden.
Violation of either policy is subject to both
University administrative action and criminal
prosecution. See The
Lowdown for a full description of the
|MINORITY STUDENT AFFAIRS
|The Office of Minority Student
Affairs, located in 110 Student Center, is committed
to providing programming for cultural awareness,
coordinate efforts to increase the retention of
minority students, encourage minority students
to participate in all aspects of campus life,
and provide leadership development for aspiring
|PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
|The Student Programming
Board, Jaguar Productions, presents activities
to serve the cultural, educational, recreational,
and social interests of students. Those students
who are directly involved have opportunities to
exemplify creative thinking and leadership outside
|Student Programming functions
through committees, such as Fine Arts, Horizons,
Club South, Trips and Tours, Concerts, Movies,
Special Events, Technical and Promotions. Students
select, publicize and produce the events. All
students are invited to join these committees.
|Students attending the University
of South Alabama are accepted as responsible adults
working with their faculty colleagues in search
of knowledge. Rigid regulation of personal conduct
will not be necessary since freedom as an objective
of education is difficult without the actual existence
|Such freedom must be balanced
by individual responsibility and respect for the
rights, responsibilities, and freedom of others.
Students, therefore, will be held accountable
for their own decisions and actions. Failure to
assume responsibility for actions that jeopardize
the rights and freedoms of others or involve the
integrity of the University will result in disciplinary
|The University holds its
students to high standards of academic excellence
and similarly expects high standards of individual
conduct. The Spirit of South Alabama was adopted
by the Student Government Association as a basis
for expectations from our students. Persistent
violations of expected standards or established
regulations will necessarily involve appropriate
disciplinary action. The University reserves the
right to deny admission or continued attendance
to students whose decisions and actions are contrary
to the purposes and procedures of the University.
Lowdown, student handbook, contains,
the Code of Student Conduct.
|STUDENT ACADEMIC CONDUCT
|The Student Academic Conduct
Policy is presented in the student handbook, The
Lowdown. Please refer to that publication.
one hundred eighty
professional, departmental, special interest clubs,
religious groups, and honor societies are active
at the University. These organizations represent
a wide variety of disciplines and interests and
provide an opportunity for every
student to get involved. Any student group seeking
recognition is encouraged to pick up application
forms in the Office of Campus Involvement, Room
129, Student Center, (251) 460-7003.
|STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
|The University receives
federal funding to provide support services to
students who are first generation (i.e., parents
did not graduate from college), income eligible,
and/or disabled. These services are free tutoring,
study skills training, counseling, assistance
in obtaining financial aid, and assistance in
securing admissions and financial information
for enrollment in graduate and professional programs.
Students are also assigned to a faculty mentor.
Students who wish to participate in this program
should contact the Student
Support Services Office, Room 161,
Student Center, (251) 460-6613.
|Talent Search is a federally
funded program sponsored by the University. This
program identifies at-risk young people in middle
schools and high schools with potential for
an education and encourages them to continue their education to graduate from secondary schools and enroll in
programs of postsecondary education. High school
dropouts are also encouraged to return to school after "dropping out".
Tutoring for the program participants is provided
by USA students. For information contact the Educational
Talent Search Office, UCOM 5700, (251) 380-2620.
|All motor vehicles used
on the campus by students, faculty, or staff must
be registered with the University Bursars
Office. At the time of vehicle registration, a
set of traffic regulations is issued to each person
together with a parking hang tag. Anyone driving
a car to the campus without a current hang tag
should obtain a temporary permit from University
Police; visitors should obtain Visitor Permits.
|University Testing Service
serves as a regional testing center for national
testing organizations. Testing is provided as
requested by the various departments of the University.
Most national entrance examinations are administered
by the center. Information regarding specific
test offered, schedules, and registration materials
may be obtained by contacting the University Testing
Service located in Alpha Hall East, Room 326,
at (251) 460-6271.
|The Upward Bound program
is a college preparatory program for high school
students in the Mobile County Public School System.
It provides academic counseling, tutoring, cultural
enrichment and a six (6) week summer residential
program including academic classes. The purpose
of the program is to provide each participant
with the necessary skills to successfully enter
and complete post-secondary institutions. USA
students serve as tutors and residential counselors
for the participants. For information, contact
the Upward Bound Office, Delta 2, Room 213, (251) 460-7322.
|Competing in both mens
and womens sports on the intercollegiate
level, the Universitys athletic program
fulfills a vital role in giving the students a
well-rounded environment of study and recreational
entertainment. The University is an active member
of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1AAA.
Teams are maintained yearly in baseball, basketball,
cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track, and
volleyball. Governed by regulations set forth
by the President of the University, the Director
of Athletics, the NCAA, and the Sun Belt Conference,
athletic participation and expansion is occurring as rapidly as facilities permit.
|The Student Health Clinic is located at the end of Clinic Drive in the Health
Services Building, Suite 1450. Ambulatory care
services are available during each semester to
all students actively enrolled at the University.
|The Clinic is open and staffed
by a Physician, Physician Assistants,
and Registered Nurses from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
when school is in session, Monday through Friday.
Appointments can be made by calling (251) 460-7151
between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Laboratory, x-ray,
pharmacy and specialty services are available
on a fee-for-service basis with payment due at the time services
are provided. After regular hours, a provider is on call for urgent problems and can be reached
by calling Student Health at (251) 460-7151. Students
who require more extensive care for medical or
surgical problems will be referred.
|Health and Prevention Education
programs are also available and can be scheduled
by calling Student Health. If students wish to
participate directly in a peer health education
program or the Student Health Advisory Council,
they may inquire by calling Student Health.
|All students should have medical insurance. An informational brochure on an optional student health insurance is available in the Admissions Office, Student Center Information Desk, and the Student Affairs Office. Students are encouraged to purchase this policy if they do not have other medical insurance.
|The music department sponsors
a number of musical organizations open to interested
members of the entire University student body
on credit and non-credit basis. These organizations
include Concert Choir; University Chorale; University
Symphonic Band; Jazz Band; Athletic Pep Band;
Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, String, Percussion, and
Piano Ensembles; and University Opera Theatre.
is distributed free to students and is under the
direction of a Board comprised of representatives
from the Student Government Association, The
Vanguard, the faculty, media services,
and public relations. The editor and business
manager are selected from applications submitted
by interested students.
is seen throughout the campus on the Universitys
closed-circuit cable system and is under the direction
of a board comprised of representatives from the
Student Government Association, The
Vanguard, JAG-TV, faculty, media services
and public relations. The general manager is selected
from applications submitted by interested students.
|The University and the community
offer to students an opportunity to participate
in a variety of cultural and recreational programs.
Among them are concerts by symphonic and chamber
organizations, choral groups and choirs, ballet
and opera productions, theatre, art exhibits,
film series, and lecture and discussion conferences.
In many of these programs, students are urged
to participate as performers. Special events are
scheduled on the campus, and reduced rates for
students are arranged for many civic programs.
Police Department is available twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week to assist faculty,
staff and students with any type of emergency
or other assistance. University police officers
are sworn by the State of Alabama and are certified
by the Alabama Police Officers Standards and Training
Commission. The University Police Department may
be contacted by calling 511 (if an emergency and
from an on-campus phone) or (251) 460-6312 for
non-emergency. We encourage members of our campus
community to be responsible for their own safety
as well as the safety of others and to report
crime occurrences to the University Police Department.
In accordance with the Campus Security Act of
1990, the Universitys Campus Security
Policies and Crime Statistics are published
and available at the Police Departments
web site and clicking on Clery Act
or by going to http://www.southalabama.edu/police/clery.html.
Printed versions of the policies and crime statistics
may be obtained from the University Police Administration
office located in Faculty Court South, Room 20.
The Police Department also has a Special Services
Unit. This unit is
designed to anticipate, prevent, and investigate
behavioral concerns to include:
If there are any questions
or concerns, please contact one of the following:
- Threats directed
to a member or property of the University
- Any person exhibiting
threatening or unusual behavior
- Administrative hearings
or meetings that may pose a threat to those
involved during or after the meeting
- Any social or family
issue that may pose an on-campus threat to
Special Services Unit
Crime Tip Line
Court South (FCS) RM 20
|OFFICE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
|The University of South Alabama is approved for the education of veterans, active duty members, and dependents of disabled veterans who are eligible for benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs.
|The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in the Administration Building, Room 240 on the main campus. The office provides services to all veterans and dependents of veterans. Students who wish to use veteran education benefits must contact the Office of Veterans Affairs (251)460-6230.
|The University of South Alabama does not have a tuition/fees deferment policy. Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration and are the responsibility of the student. Starting V.A. benefits or transferring them to USA may take up to eight weeks. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs as early as possible.
|For information concerning Transfer Credit from Military Service School, see Admissions/Enrollment Services Section.
|HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE
|A college education offers
students the opportunities for advanced learning,
interesting career options, and meeting new people.
An additional opportunity of the college experience
is on-campus living where learning and personal
growth take place in the community environment
University of South Alabama offers a wide range
of housing facilities to meet the lifestyles of
a diversified student body. The options available
include suites, apartments, efficiencies, and
a limited number of private suites and efficiency
apartments. Family housing is also available on
a limited basis. Some Greek organizations also offer on-campus housing leased from the University for their members.
|A student should apply for
housing as soon as he or she has been accepted
to the University of South Alabama. Assignments
are made on a first come, first serve
basis. Students and parents
should be aware that the signed contract and required
prepayment is due when the contract/application
is submitted. The balance of the housing charge
is due by University fee payment deadline.
|The residence halls at the
University of South Alabama have several different
types of accommodations to meet the varying needs
Suites: Most rooms in the Delta Area are
two-person suites that open onto an exterior walkway.
The Epsilon Area offers two-person suites that
open onto an interior hallway. Both types of rooms
have a private bath.
Suites: Located in the Gamma Area, these
suites are designed to accommodate four students.
Gamma suites are composed of two rooms joined
by a bathroom.
Apartments: Both the Beta and Gamma areas
offer two bedroom apartments with a living/dining
space, a private bathroom, and a kitchen.
Efficiency Apartments: A limited number
of studio-type apartments are available in the
Beta and Gamma areas. These apartments consist
of a living/sleeping space, a private bathroom,
and a kitchen.
Efficiency Suites: This type of room is
available on a limited basis in Delta VI and Epsilon
II. Delta VI offers a kitchenette unit as an additional
feature to the two-person suite. The two-person
efficiency suite in Epsilon II offers a mini-microwave/refrigerator
Rooms: A limited number of private suites
and private efficiencies are available in the
Delta and Gamma areas.
and Apartments for the Disabled: The Gamma
and Beta areas have accommodations suitable for
the disabled. A limited number are available to
students who qualify as disabled under the Americans
with Disabilities Act. Students must be registered with the Special Student Services
Office to qualify for this type space.
|Greek Housing: Accommodations in the Greek houses are two-person suites with a private bath. Each Greek house is equipped with a laundry facility that is included in the cost of the room. Occupancy, in the Greek area, is limited to members of the individual organizations who have houses on campus. Greek Area residents are subject to the same Housing regulations as non-Greek residents and are required to sign the same contract required of all residence hall students.
All residence hall rooms are equipped with beds,
closets, and dressers. Also, all rooms are heated
and air-conditioned through individual room units
or through a central system. The apartments are
also furnished with living room furniture, a dining
table and chairs. Local
telephone service, with voice mail, power, water,
gas, campus cable TV, unlimited use laundry, and a high-speed Internet
connection are included in the semester rent.
Each residence hall area has a common building
or space that includes a TV room, laundry facilities,
and vending machines available for student use. A delicatessen is also located in the Delta Commons building.
Residence Hall Information: All students
are assigned based on the date their application
is received by the Department of Housing. The
residence hall contract provides housing for the
entire academic year (Fall and Spring Semesters)
or from the initial date of the contract to the
end of the academic year. Students may change
rooms and/or areas after receiving appropriate
authorization and when vacancies are available.
A residence hall contract may be canceled only
if the student fails to enroll, withdraws from
the University, marries, participates in a co-op
or intern program outside the Mobile area,
or graduates from the University, during the term
of the contract. Refer to the residence
hall contract for more specific information.
FRESHMAN EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
|Freshmen students at the
University of South Alabama have the opportunity
to participate in a program designed to assist
in their transition to college life. The ESSENCE
freshmen live in the Epsilon halls and take a
new student seminar course CP 100. ESSENCE students
also have a peer advisor and tutors to assist
them. New students should indicate that they want
to be part of the ESSENCE
program on their housing application.
|The University of South
Alabama owns and operates two-and three-bedroom
houses for rent to enrolled USA students and current
faculty and staff. Hillsdale Heights is a residential
community adjacent to campus. These houses are
available to married students, students who are
single parents with dependent children, students
25 years or older, and students who have completed
32 semester hours. Houses in the Hillsdale community are equipped with stove and refrigerator but are otherwise unfurnished. Most of the houses are not air-conditioned. Students are required to sign
a six-month lease.
Housing Information: The information above
has provided a general outline of the different
styles of housing available at the University
of South Alabama. It is recommended that any student
having questions concerning housing should contact
the Department of Housing at the address or appropriate
telephone number listed below: University of South
Alabama, Department of Housing, Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Residence Hall Information (251) 460-6185
Family Housing/Hillsdale Information (251) 460-6187
Meal Plan Information: (251) 460-6296
General Housing Information (251) 460-6185
|AUXILIARY STUDENT SERVICES
|The following Auxiliary
Student Services are found at the University of
|As a department within Auxiliary Enterprises and the Division of Student Affairs, the Licensing Department serves as a support function to the University's overall mission which is: to protect the name and identifying marks of the University of South Alabama, also, to preserve the University's good name and reputation by insuring that products bearing its name or marks are good quality and reflect positively on the University, and to promote the University by stimulating public awareness and support of the University through commercial use of its name and marks.
|All items bearing the logo/marks of the University, must be ordered through companies that are officially licensed. A list of vendor is maintained by this office and can be provided if requested.
|All royalty income received will be placed into a permanent endowment for scholarships. The proceeds form this endowment will be divided equally for use in undergraduate, graduate, and athletic scholarships.
|If you have any questions concerning the licensing program, please call (251) 460-6481.
|The Mitchell Center, home to the University of South Alabama Jaguars, was constructed adjacent to the historical Jaguar Gymnasium. The Mitchell Center features a 10,000-seat arena and exceptional support space with state-of-the-art equipment. The Center is a multi-purpose facility that hosts major events such as graduation, convocation, concerts, sporting events, and a variety of family events. There is also space dedicated to classrooms, meeting rooms, private offices, Athletic Administration offices and the USA Coastal Weather Research Center. A must see for many tourist visiting the area, the Waterman Globe is located in the Grand Lobby of the Mitchell Center. This massive historic globe was originally installed in 1948 in the Waterman Building, in downtown Mobile. It was acquired by the University and installed in the Mitchell Center Grand Lobby to be shared with the community and its many visitors. For rental information call (251) 461-1632 or visit our web site at www.mitchellcenter.com
|USA Dining Services offers a variety of exciting service programs located conveniently to both residential and academic areas. The services are designed with the utmost in freedom and flexibility for the ever changing needs of the USA student.
| The USA meal programs are designed to ensure quality food at great prices. Any student living in University housing, including Greek Housing, with less than 24 credit hours is required to purchase the USA 12 as a minimum plan. These course hours may be transferred or earned at USA providing they are accepted by the University Registrar's office as completed and passed. However, you know your eating habits better than we do, so the option to upgrade is available. Meal programs are available to the entire student body. Please contact the Dining Service office for more information.
|USA Dining Services offers maximum flexibility and security through a Declining Balance account. This card operation is similar to a debit card and has two accounts available. The first account is for food purchases only and may be used in The Market, Freshens, and the Delta Deli. It requires no minimum and may be activated in the Dining Services business office or online at www.usadiningservices.com. The second account or Gold Card may also be used for food, as well as purchases in the Bookstore and Game Room. The Gold Card requires a $50 minimum and can be activated through the I.D. process in Room 160 - South Paw Services located in the Student Center. Both accounts are set up on the student's I.D. card. VISA and MasterCard are accepted for purchasing meal plans only. For additional information please call (251) 460-6296 or visit our web site at www.usadiningservices.com.
Market - Located on the main floor in the Student Center, this is your main campus dining facility. Selections range from healthy home-style meals, international cuisine, a wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches, cold beverages, a salad bar, and Java City Coffee. The dinner meal has been modified to an all-you-care-to-eat option to accommodate the USA meal plans.
Deli and Grille - Located in the Delta Commons building, which is nested in the heart of the residential community, this facility is a short walk from all campus housing. Late night is a favorite time to stop by and grab a bite. We now offer convenience store items in the Delta Deli to save students a trip off campus.
- Serving coffee and just the right amount of sweets, this is the place to visit while in the Administration Building. Located in the basement and run by a true customer service professional, come by and have a sandwich and become part of Mary's family.
Smoothies - In the Student Center, located in the Market. Serving freshly prepared fruit Smoothies, fresh baked cookies, and beverages, this is one not to miss. The quick service and atrium seating make this a popular stop between classes.
Catering Services - A full catering guide is available the help plan your next event. Services range from a quick drop off to an elegant evening dinner. Please call and speak to our catering representative for all your needs or questions. (251) 460-7948
|Located on the main campus,
Bookstore is your one stop for all your campus
needs on campus and
online. At the bookstore you will find new and
used textbooks, as well as the supply materials
necessary for all of your courses. In addition,
you will find a variety of reading materials from
classics to todays best sellers.
|To help you show your school
spirit, an assortment of emblematic giftware and
fashion sportswear is also offered.
|Here are a few of our many
other products and services:
Custom Sewn Apparel
Soft Drinks/Snack Food
Dorm Room Supplies
|Regular Store Hours: 8:00
a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday. 8:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Rush
hours and summer hours will be posted at the Bookstore
VISA, MasterCard, Discover,
American Express, and USA Jag Cards are accepted.
For additional information please call (251)460-7012,
or visit our web site at: www.southalabama.edu/bookstore.
|HEALTH SCIENCES BOOKSTORE
at USA Springhill, is a specialty store for medical,
nursing, and allied health students and professionals.
|Approximately 2,000 reference
titles are on hand and a special order system
provides immediate access to over 300,000 titles
available for special order.
extensive assortment of medical diagnostic equipment
and multimedia products are available.
Anatomical models are also available for sale
|The University Bookstore
and the Health
Sciences Bookstore both accept Visa, MasterCard,
Discover, American Express, and the USA Jag Card
in addition to personal checks. For additional
information please call (251)434-3635, or visit
our web site at www.southalabama.edu/bookstore.
|The University of South
Alabama Post Office is essentially a Contract
Station operating under U.S. Postal Service guidelines
and a mail room operating under the University
of South Alabama policies and procedures.
contract station is staffed by University of South
Alabama employees, who are familiar with all areas
of postal operations and are qualified to handle
most any task. Up-to-date domestic manuals are
maintained and used for reference purposes. Drop
boxes and window service consist of selling postal
supplies and accepting letters, flats and parcels
for mailing. Departmental mail pickup and delivery
service is provided by means of an established
route. The campus mail room will process all departmental
mail, domestic and foreign, except C.O.D., which
must be handled with the U.S. Post Office.
|All students who live on
campus are required to have a personal mail box
to receive mail; thus the Post Office box number
is the students campus address. For additional information please call (251) 460-6279, or visit our web site at http://www.southalabama.edu/postoffice .
|USA Telecommunications Department is committed to providing high quality, cost effective services to the University Community.
|If you live on campus, we will be your service provider. Digital telephones are required to use the system and are provided and maintained by the Telecommunications Department. In addition, each telephone has an associated voice mail box furnished. Please do not bring telephones from home as they will not work with our system. Your telephone and voice mail box should be working when you get to your room. The exception is the on-campus Greek Organizations. They must open separate accounts. We also offer domestic long distance for only ten cents per minute. Instructions to activate your long distance code will be provided separately.
|If you are a first-time student, we are located off North Drive. As you approach the traffic circle on North Drive, we are the first building on your right. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Our information number is (251)460-7491 or if you are on campus, dial 6-7491.
|The Office of Publication Services is located in University Commons (UCOM) on the corner of University Boulevard and Old Shell Road. This department services the printing needs of students, faculty, and staff on an individual, departmental, or organizational basis. Publication Services provides the latest techniques in typesetting, desktop publishing, creative design and layout, camera work, and one-to multicolor offset printing.
|Publications provides coin-operated copier services in convenient locations on and off campus. Coin-operated copiers can be found at USA Springhill on the 2nd floor of the College of Nursing. Most walk-in cash copy orders can be completed at the Office of Publication Services while you wait.
|Publication Services also provides the University community with complete production of all directional and informational signs. Lamination is available for materials ranging in size from 2x3 up to 11x17.
|The quality and effectiveness of a publication can be enhanced by consulting with staff artists early in the design stages. Consultation also allows Publication Services to share valuable timesaving and cost-effective tips with the customer.
|Publication Services creates printed material tailored to meet specific needs, including resume, newsletters, directories, handbooks, posters and flyers, stationery, and more. For further information or to schedule an appointment call (251)380-2828.
USA Career Services, located at 6420 Old Shell Road, assists students and alumni in all phases of career exploration, development, and job search strategies. USA Career Services is a comprehensive career education and career service center. The division of Career and Education Information Services provides self-directed activities to assist in career exploration, the selection of appropriate academic programs, and identification of career related strengths and preferences in determining careers. The specialized Career Library is the core resource for these and other self-directed career and education research activities. The Career Experience Opportunities program helps students confirm career choices through pre-professional internships and work experiences through Alternating and Parallel Cooperative Education. Students approaching graduation and alumni are eligible for Career Employment Assistance. This service links qualified candidates with prospective employers. Interviewing techniques, resume writing, managing an effective job campaign, and strategies for changing careers are part of this program. Career Employment Assistance includes the on-campus recruitment program and resume referral service.
Satellite offices are located in the Mitchell College of Business, College of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
|Career and Education Information Service
The Centers Career and Education Information Service guides students in self-directed activities to determine career interests and selection of appropriate academic programs to reach their career goals. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are urged to take advantage of this service. The appropriate selection of a major can impact a students desire to complete a college education and a students success in college and the workplace. The Career Library is the central location for these activities and is staffed by graduate level Career Advisors. Career Advisors are trained to assist students in the various aspects of career and related academic development. Among the many resources available to students are:
Career Library containing the recruiting literature of more than 1,500 local and national employers.
Computer assisted career guidance programs and assessment.
On-line access to national, local, state, and federal job openings.
Books and videos on career development, job search skills, resume preparation, interviewing techniques, letter writing, and employer information.
Occupational literature on numerous career fields including entrance requirements and projected employment outlook.
Graduate and professional school information including: directories, catalogs, admissions, and financial aid information.
These and many other Career and Education Information services housed in the Career Library are available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.
|Career Experience Opportunities
The Career Experience Opportunities Program enables students to combine classroom studies with paid work experience related to their major field of study. Practical experience is available in industrial, business, governmental, or service organizations. Undergraduate students may apply at the Career Services Center to enter the Cooperative Education Program when they have completed 12 credit hours, attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above, and are classified as a full-time student upon commencement of participation in the program. The internship option requires a 2.0 GPA or above and sufficient time remaining before graduation to complete the internship. Graduate students may apply to enter the Career Experience Opportunities Program after they are accepted into a graduate program.
Option 1. Parallel Cooperative Education: Students work part-time, usually 15 to 20 hours per week, while attending classes for a minimum of 12 academic credit hours per semester for the Fall and Spring semesters. The Summer semester may be taken as a vacation semester. Students must have at least three semesters remaining before graduation to enter this option.
Option 2. Alternating Cooperative Education: Students work full-time one semester and attend classes full-time the following semester on a rotating schedule until graduation. The work assignment is usually shared by a pair of students on an alternating basis. Students must have at least six semesters remaining before graduation to enter this option.
Option 3. Internship: Students work between two and fifteen hours per week for various lengths of time depending upon the unique needs of the organization providing the experience. Some internships are not paid; experience is the reward. The option of receiving academic credit for this experience is approved through the academic advisor or department chair.
Option 4. Engineering Cooperative Education - The Five Year Plan: This program allows students to gain one year of valuable engineering experience as they pursue their degree. The freshman year is spent as a full-time student at the university. During the sophomore and junior years, the student alternates working full-time for one semester and taking full-time course work the next semester. Students are paid an excellent pre-professional salary during the work semester. The student returns to campus full-time for the senior year. This program offers many advantages for the student. Interested students should consult with either Career Services or the College of Engineering. Application should be made for admission to the program when entering the university or no later than the end of the second semester of the freshman year.
|Prerequisites for Participation
Prerequisites for participation in the Career Experience Opportunities Program include attending the Employability Skills Seminar, offered continuously by Career Services, and payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the program. To remain in the program, students must maintain good academic standing; a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 or above for the parallel and alternating programs, a grade-point average of 2.0 for the internship program, and comply with the policies and procedures of the employer and the Career Experience Opportunities Program.
Career Employment Assistance
All students are urged to register for Career Employment Assistance at Career Services three semesters before graduation to begin preparation for the employment search process. Seniors and Juniors are advised to take advantage of the career and employability skills training and the career advising functions of Career Services. Alumni may initiate service when needed.
A fully web-based system facilitating communication between the student, employer, and Career Services.
Online registration with Career Services.
Upload a quality resume online.
Viewing job listings.
Signing up for on-campus recruiting activities.
Receiving and responding to employer inquiries.
Five major Career Expositions annually: The USA Career Expo, all majors; Graduate and Professional School Expo; Allied Health and Nursing Expo; Education Career Expo; Spring Expo, all majors.
Several specialized career conferences are developed in cooperation with the academic departments.
Prerequisites to registration for on-campus interviewing and resume referral include attending the Employability Skills Seminar designed to enhance candidates approach to employers and payment of the materials fee in effect at the time of application for the program.