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SOUTH Magazine is for you—our alumni. It’s a tangible way for you to connect with the University from wherever you live. The biannual publication features stories about USA alumni from around the world who are making a difference in their communities through their careers and passions. SOUTH also covers stories about our faculty who are leaders in their fields and researchers who are making ground-breaking discoveries. SOUTH keeps you up-to-date with the latest accomplishments in Jags athletics and gives you the opportunity to engage in alumni activities and ways to support the University.

We hope you enjoy reading SOUTH as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. If you are a USA graduate and have not been receiving your copy of SOUTH, please contact the National Alumni Association at alumni@southalabama.edu or (251) 460-7084.

Thank you, and Go Jags!

Spring 2020


Mr. and Mrs. MacQueen standing in front of new alumni center.

MacQueen Alumni Center Opens

For the first time since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has a permanent home for its more than 87,000 alumni. On January 24, the USA National Alumni Association officially opened the MacQueen Alumni Center.

Sarah Crass

Pivoting to address a pandemic

Last year, when Sarah Crass became chief of staff at Medical Teams International in Portland, Oregon, she thought the faith-based organization would continue to focus on preventing disease and misery in refugee camps from Lebanon to Bangladesh.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The USA National Alumni Association honored five alumni, a Mobile civic leader and a retired USA administrator for their outstanding accomplishments during the 16th annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards gala in March at the MacQueen Alumni Center.


Bilboard showing new construction for healthcare.

Advancing care through growth

Three significant USA Health construction projects, all scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, will continue the transformation not only of USA Health, but the healthcare environment for the Mobile region.

Mansa El

For the Boys

Mansa El has been coaching high school boys for three years, but she still turns heads in Houston. The former University of South Alabama point guard remains one of the few women in the country coaching boys basketball.

USA Alumni standing in front of hospital with donations.

Alumni heroes make a difference

South Alabama alumni across the country have shown strength during the global health crisis. From front-line workers to educators to citizens making a difference in their communities, the Jaguar spirit finds a way to shine through the darkness.