A Campaign for the University of South Alabama

The Five Strategic Priorities


    Student Access and Success
    We will create new pathways to education through scholarships, and at the same time provide support to help our students complete their academic journeys. Ensuring that more students have the opportunity to realize their dreams will enrich our student body and enhance our community. Our fundraising goal for Student Access and Success is $56 million.

    Priority 1 Initiatives
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    Enhancement of Research and Graduate Education
    Research is the cornerstone for innovation. By enhancing graduate education and giving our faculty and students the tools and infrastructure to promote quality research, we will become a more influential and collaborative partner in social and economic advancement. Our fundraising goal for Enhancement of Research and Graduate Education is $10 million.

    Priority 2 Initiatives
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    Global Engagement
    By strengthening the connections and collaborations between USA and the rest of the world, we broaden our students’ perspectives and understanding of other cultures, expand the ability of our faculty to connect and engage with their peers around the globe, and create new opportunities for our entire community to participate in our global society. Our fundraising goal for Global Engagement is $3 million.

    Priority 3 Initiatives
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    Excellence in Healthcare
    The USA Health System is a leader in serving the health needs of the region. As we educate future generations of healthcare providers and deliver patient-focused care, we will continue to expand our medical research and advanced treatment options to bring new hope and better health for the people of the Gulf Coast and beyond. Our fundraising goal for Excellence in Healthcare is $18.5 million.

    Priority 4 Initiatives
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    University-Community Engagement
    We believe that together, as a university and as a community, we are far stronger than we ever could be apart. Through ongoing, permanent and sustainable community relationships, we realize significant educational benefits and make lasting contributions to the greater good of the communities we serve. Our fundraising goal for University-Community Engagement is $7.5 million.

    Priority 5 Initiatives
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Priority 1 Initiatives

Madison Tuttle

Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center

Madison Tuttle has a kind of infectious optimism. She certainly has reason to be upbeat. As a junior at South Alabama majoring in chemistry, she is excited to be on a path of studies where she believes she can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Madison is quick to credit the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, a $25-million matching challenge funded by philanthropist Abraham Mitchell, for helping her discover her passion. “My father was in an accident and couldn’t work, so we were on welfare all through high school,” she says. “I simply could not afford to go to USA without this scholarship.”

Today, Madison has a near perfect GPA and is engaged in experiments to identify anticancer molecules. She is involved in several honor societies and community service organizations, and also works as a tutor. When she graduates, she plans to attend medical school or earn a Ph.D. She may even do both. No matter what, she is highly committed to being involved in cancer research that will contribute to a healthier future.

Madison’s exceptional outlook is made possible by your support of endowed scholarships, including the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative. Your gift to MMSI will be immediately doubled, ensuring that students like Madison can indeed change the world.

Priority 2 Initiatives

Bridget Pardue

Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center

Bridget Pardue is fluent in languages ranging from French to JavaScript. If those seem incongruent, think of it as a testament to how USA’s graduate programs enable students to engage in rewarding research that reflects their hidden passions and expands their range of opportunities.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from USA in French, Pardue worked in computer security — an interest inspired by her father. When the opportunity arose to attend graduate school through a Scholarship for Service for Computer Security, Pardue jumped at the chance.

As a USA graduate student, Pardue is engaged in research with Associate Professor Brad Glisson that includes case studies and audits of local healthcare organizations concerning their security readiness. Her findings will contribute to literature on security education training and awareness.

After graduation, Pardue will spend two years doing computer investigative work for a government agency. Call her a cyber-sleuth — with a real passion for raising awareness of cyber security issues and promoting policies that enhance information security.

For Pardue, and others engaged in research in USA’s graduate programs, it’s the chance to push themselves to achieve something greater. For those who support USA, it’s the chance to play a part in creating a better, safer and more productive world.

Priority 3 Initiatives

Jaroslav Slamecka

Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center

Jaroslav Slamecka never envisioned coming to Mobile when he began research on stem cell cultures for a doctoral program in his native Slovakia. In fact, he had never heard of Mobile. But now that he’s engaged in research at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) that could potentially change the way cancer is treated, he, and many others, are very glad that a connection was made.

Slamecka was able to work and study at MCI through the USA Hooker-Kubik Scholarship, which was created specifically to promote educational exchanges with students from Slovakia.

Using funds from the scholarship, supplemented with MCI funds, Slamecka worked at MCI in 2011. He returned to Slovakia to complete his doctorate, and then came back to Mobile as a post-doctoral fellow in 2014. He and his mentor, MCI researcher Steve McClellan, are engaged in leading-edge research to isolate and grow cancer stem cells that could have groundbreaking implications in the treatment of cancer.

For Slamecka, and for McClellan, it’s the ideal match of expertise and an opportunity of a lifetime. Reaching out is part of USA’s commitment to engage other cultures while expanding opportunities here at home. Your support makes it possible.

Priority 4 Initiatives

USA Burn Unit

Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded more than five years ago, and Kristopher Haskins, nurse manager for the USA Burn Center, remembers the night the injured workers arrived at USA Medical Center. Fortunately, the victims were met by the one of the nation’s most experienced trauma and burn care teams. Five of them were treated and released within 24 hours. A sixth victim spent eight days recovering in the burn center.

Today, USA’s internationally recognized Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center continues to provide care to patients in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. Among the busiest units of its type, the Burn Center includes physicians specializing in burn surgery, infectious disease, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry and anesthesiology. Support staff includes specialized burn nurses, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and a chaplain.

The Burn Center also is an acknowledged leader in research, particularly the development of artificial skin. Staff members contribute to hundreds of medical publications, making significant contributions in burn care including nutrition, infection control, immunology, scarring, pain management and wound healing.

“I believe we have amazing outcomes with patients because of the strength of the staff,” Haskins says. “In the burn unit, the physician is the lead champion for the patient, but every team member plays a vital role.”

Priority 5 Initiatives

Dr. Errol D. Crook

Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center

Dr. Errol D. Crook's commitment to helping people has taken him full circle — from growing up in southwest Alabama to working as a physician across the country and back to Mobile as professor and chair of USA’s Department of Internal Medicine.

As director of USA’s Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), Crook, along with Dr. Martha Arrieta and others, is highly engaged in reaching out to underserved areas of the Southeast Region to develop healthy communities, eliminate health disparities and empower individuals to make better lifestyle choices.

The Center for Healthy Communities is a collaborative outreach effort that works on many fronts. Through community-based participatory research, investigators work to understand the community’s priorities, potential barriers to healthcare and how best to treat prevalent diseases. The Center also engages communities directly by hiring community members to serve as advocates for good health, as well as reaching out to schools to find the next generation of health and science workers.

The Center’s efforts are yielding real results, including a new clinic for Mobile’s Trinity Gardens neighborhood. But Crook knows there is much more that can be done to create healthier communities. With additional resources, the CHC and other USA community engagement initiatives will make a difference where it matters most — right here at home.