60th Anniversary Timeline: 2000s

Posted on December 13, 2023 by USA Marketing and Communications
USA Marketing and Communications

Hand holding iphoneThe Mitchell Cancer Institute, created to combine cutting-edge research and treatment, hires its first director in 2002. In 2008, MCI gets a high-tech, 125,000-square-foot home that serves patients in Alabama and along the Gulf Coast.  In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast; South Mobile County also is hit hard, but damage to South is minimal. Technology revolutionizes how students interact. Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and MySpace launch; the iPhone appears in 2007.

Bronze statue at Children's and Women's hospital.2001

Sculptures Celebrate Children

SOUTH DEDICATES the Geri Moulton Children’s Park at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Bronze sculptures celebrate children and families.


Growing by Degrees

The University awards its 50,000th degree. Today, the number exceeds 109,000.


Friendly Competition

The Intramural Sports Complex and Fieldhouse opens with 16 acres for basketball, sand volleyball, softball, soccer, football and other turf sports. The space eventually gives way to Hancock Whitney Stadium, and a new complex is created nearby.


JagTran Bus2005

Getting Around Gets Easier

JagTran, the $6.2 million campus transportation system, begins rolling.




Campaign Raises Millions

SOUTH LAUNCHES its first big fundraising campaign, with a $75 million goal. It ends up raising $93.5 million. The money goes to, among other projects, scholarships, healthcare facilities, and Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.


Group at Mitchell Cancer Institute with President Moulton speaking.2008

Cancer Fighters

South dedicates the $135 million USA Mitchell Cancer Institute building, helped by a $22 million gift from the Mitchell family of Mobile.




Football Kicks Off

South starts its football program with a 30-13 win over Hargrave Military Academy at Ladd Peebles Stadium. The Jaguar Marching Band also debuts, with more than 
140 members.

President Moulton with first football team at South.

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