Week of Welcome…and Beyond!

 

USA's Week of Welcome is designed to show new freshman and transfer students all the places you belong at South Alabama. From the moment our new students set foot in Housing at Move-In Day, through their First Night on campus, Convocation, and Get-on-Board Day, we have designed a schedule full of events — both academic and social — to highlight 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

Saturday, August 17

Move-In Day
Move-In Assistance
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Student Health Center
Open to see patients

USA Bookstore, Mail Hub, Student Center, Meisler Hall
Will be open - check each area’s webpage for hours.
Student Center open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

USA First Night
Mitchell Center
6:00 pm – Doors open / 7:00 pm Show

You’ve just finished unpacking, and you’re ready to wind down with some fun, and exciting entertainment. Join Jaguar Productions at USA First Night 2019! Enjoy a welcome to the campus like no other. Bring your roommate, and friends out to experience a night of free food, laughter, hypnosis, and more at the Mitchell Center. And as always, ALL USA Students, Faculty, and Staff are welcome! Can't wait to meet USA '23!

Sunday, August 18

Jaguars Mind, Body, and Spirit
Student Center Ballroom and Mall
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Looking to join a faith or spiritual organization on campus? Want to start the semester focused on holistic wellness? Join us for Jaguars Mind, Body, and Spirit! The program will introduce you to representatives from USA’s registered faith-based student organizations and help you get connected to the vibrant faith community here at South Alabama. Come connect with staff from the Counseling and Testing Center, Student Health Center, and Campus Recreation to ensure a holistic focus on wellness!

Welcome to College: A Bookstore Bash
USA Bookstore in the Student Center
4:00 - 7:00 pm
This fun event is geared towards new students and helping you learn all there is to know about shopping and student resources at the USA Bookstore. There will be karaoke, crafts, and games as well as free food and giveaways during the event.

Jag Trivia
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Back Deck at the Student Recreation Center (In the event of rain: Classroom in Student Recreation Center)
Details: Test your wits and learn something new about your school at the same time! Jag Trivia will question your pop culture, your sports culture, and your Jag culture! We will serve popcorn and sno-cones under the beautiful oaks on the back deck of the Rec Center.

South’s Biggest Dodgeball Game
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Indoor Soccer Court at Student Recreation Center
Details: Students will partake in a large dodgeball game on the basketball court. We will pack in as many students as want to play, thereby creating a last person standing concept out of tens to hundreds of players. Dodgeballs flying all over the place… what could be more fun?

Group Fitness Sampler
8:00 – 9:00 pm
Fitness Studio at Student Recreation Center
Rec Center fitness instructors will hold several different fitness classes for an abbreviated amount of time. Try Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Step Aerobics, and more. Students will have the opportunity to walk in and sample different fitness classes the Rec offers and meet some of the instructors. Free fitness giveaways!

Backyard Bash
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Delta Pavilion
RHA will host the Annual Backyard Bash Sunday, August 19th. This will be a night full of games, music, free food, and prizes. Join us as we ring in the new Academic Year!

Monday, August 19

Class of 2023 Picture
Mitchell Center
9:45 am
Calling the entire Class of 2023! Convocation day begins for Freshmen with the 2023 Class Picture. Red, white or blue Jag gear, or other red, white, or blue attire is recommended; first-year students are asked to come to the Mitchell by 9:45 a.m. Meet on the Mitchell Center Floor for the official picture and then move to the JagGym for the Convocation pre-game activities with Jaguar Athletics!

Convocation
Mitchell Center
11:00 am
Convocation will feature a welcome from our President, a student speaker, and words from one of our alumni. This signature event welcomes new students and faculty to the University and is a time to welcome back returning students, faculty, staff and administration for Fall semester. This campus-wide gathering offers the opportunity to connect to the academic community at South Alabama. We will celebrate student engagement, recognize accomplishments, and celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.

Lunch
Mitchell Center Concourse
12:00 pm
Following Convocation, join the campus community for a casual lunch around the Mitchell Center Concourse. Serving stations will be on both the north and south sides.

College Open Houses & Dessert with the Deans
1:00pm - 3:00 pm
After lunch, new students visit their academic "home" - that is the College or School that houses their major- for Dessert with the Deans. Meet your college leadership and get to know some faculty and students. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and find important offices.

Self- Guided Schedule Tour
2:00-4:00 pm
Don't get lost when classes start! After you visit your college “home” it is the perfect time for new students to find their classrooms. Take advantage of the time and resources (not to mention free water) to locate classrooms, learn the shortest way from Camelia Hall to the Life Sciences Building, and figure out parking zones.

Lemonade, Lawn Games, and Librarians!
Marx Library
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Join the Marx Library for lemonade, cookies, and your favorite lawn games, and get to meet the librarian who is an expert in your major!


How to Succeed in Psychology (Without Really Trying)
2:00 - 3:30 pm
University Commons (UCOMM) Room 1217
To introduce incoming students to the Covert Curriculum, or soft skills, that lead to success in College.

Welcome Weather Balloon Launch
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Intramural field complex at the USA Mesonet Weather Station (Meet at the Earth and Life Sciences Building, Room 136, at 2:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided to the launch site.)

Come take part in a weather research balloon launch and meet the MET faculty and returning MET students! Returning students will lead the launch and collect weather data all the way into the stratosphere. As the balloon is working its way up, a tour of the South Alabama Mesonet weather station (located next to the launch site) will take place. Light refreshments will be provided.


Jag Media Fest
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Communication Building
Want to find your voice on campus? Jag Media is hosting a festival. Live music, student films, a Due South photo booth, giveaways, and a free popcorn bar and snow cones. Tour our media facilities and participate in interactive activities. Sit at the news desk. Talk on the air. Learn how production is done. Jag Media Fest is in the Communication Building. Everyone is welcome.

Chill around the Grill
Student Center Amphitheater
5:00 – 8:00 pm
This welcome back to school cookout sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is open to USA students, faculty and staff members. It is a night filled with free food, music and a chance to fellowship with friends.

Student Financial Services Instagram Scavenger Hunt
August 19 - August 23
Various locations around campus
Join us in discovering the services South Alabama has to help students pay for college through an Instagram Scavenger Hunt! Figure out clues every day to earn points while getting familiar with campus. Please follow @southalabamascholarships on Instagram to find out how to participate! The clues will be posted each day to our stories. You never know what prizes you could win!

Rec Center Closed
The Rec Center will be closed all day Monday, August 19 for student staff training. The building will be open Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 as regularly scheduled to accommodate the students and parents taking tours on Move in Day and Week of Welcome activities on Sunday.

Tuesday, August 20

Welcome Info Tents
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Various locations around campus
Get help with directions to class and other need-to-know’s for the first week of school!

Meisler Hall One Stop Pop-up
8:00am - 5:00pm
Meisler Hall Auditorium
Come by the One Stop Pop Up on the first floor of Meisler Hall during the Week of Welcome for any needed guidance and to address other Meisler Hall services needs. The Pop-up will be available at 8:00am - 5:00pm until August 23rd.

MCOB Doughnuts with the Dean
8:30 – 10:30 am
MCOB 2nd Floor Lobby
Stop by the Mitchell College of Business 2nd floor lobby to grab a doughnut and get to know Dean Wood and other MCOB faculty and staff.

Chill Out with Career Services
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meisler Hall Welcome Info Tent
USA Career Services will be passing out free Fla-Vor-Ice, providing information about upcoming career events, and assisting students with questions about campus. Be sure to stop by for a chance to cool off between classes!

Transfer Student Welcome Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Student Center Terrace
Are you a new transfer student at South? Want to meet other transfer students as well as learn about important resources on campus? Join Academic Advising and Transfer Services for a transfer student welcome reception! Refreshments and giveaways for students who come. Meet other transfer students and University staff and learn tips and tricks from the experts to make your first semester at South great!

T-Shirt Trade
1:00 - 3:00 pm Outside Meisler Hall
Come visit the Student Financial Services tent outside of Meisler Hall so we can answer any questions you may have. Show your South Alabama support by bringing another college’s shirt to trade, and receive a South Alabama t-shirt instead!

Sorority Recruitment Orientation
*Prior Registration Required
Student Center Ballroom
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Orientation will provide you an opportunity to learn even more about the recruitment process. You will not visit chapters on this day, so come casual. You will meet your Pi Chi (Recruitment Guide) and the rest of your group for the week.

JagVets Welcome Back Barbeque
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Academic Services Center Lawn
JagVets, spouses, dependents, and friends, welcome home. Come connect with the Jag Nation and allies while meeting with representatives from the community and enjoy food, folks, and fun. Develop resources, tools and a network of friends to last a lifetime! Bring questions, ideas and a friend. Not one for a crowd? Stop by anytime for a one on one visit. Welcome, Home JagVets!

Kick-off Cookout
Student Center-1st Floor
4:00 - 7:00 pm
New to South Alabama and have a lot of questions? Returning to USA and want to connect with your friends? Be in the #centerofitall! This event is for you to come and learn about campus life at the University of South Alabama from the students who live it! There will be free food, give-a-ways, music and more. Bring your Jag Card to the event.

Wednesday, August 21

Jag Wear Wednesday
Show your South spirit and throw on your Jag Wear and red, white, and blue! Be sure to post you post your best look using #JagWearWednesday

Welcome Info Tents
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Various locations around campus
Get help with directions to class and other need-to-know’s for the first week of school!

MCOB Doughnuts with the Dean
8:30 – 10:30 am
MCOB 2nd Floor Lobby
Stop by the Mitchell College of Business 2nd floor lobby to grab a doughnut and get to know Dean Wood and other MCOB faculty and staff.

Political Science & Criminal Justice Open House
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Humanities 226
PSC and CJ majors, minors, and interested students are welcome to drop by Humanities 226 on their way to class to grab a Krispy Kreme donut, coffee, or bottled water. The Chair of the Department, Dr. Habel, will also be available to answer any questions. Come by and say hello.

Transfer Student Welcome Reception
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Student Center Terrace
Are you a new transfer student at South? Want to meet other transfer students as well as learn about important resources on campus? Join Academic Advising and Transfer Services for a transfer student welcome reception! Refreshments and giveaways for students who come. Meet other transfer students and University staff and learn tips and tricks from the experts to make your first semester at South great!

T-Shirt Trade
1:00 - 3:00 pm Outside Meisler Hall
Come visit the Student Financial Services tent outside of Meisler Hall so we can answer any questions you may have. Show your South Alabama support by bringing another college’s shirt to trade, and receive a South Alabama t-shirt instead!

JP Comedy Show featuring Kevin Bozeman
7:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom
Kevin Bozeman has been seen on Comedy Central, CBS, Fox, was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in the Summer of 2015, and was the winner of the Midwest region of the HBO “Comedy Competition”. If you want to have a night of laughs for your Week of Welcome, you will not want to miss this! Presented by Jaguar Productions.

Thursday, August 22

Cash Cab Rides
8:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
All throughout campus
Need a ride to class? Hop on Student Financial Services’ Cash Cab Cart to have some fun on the way to class! Answer some questions correctly and you could win free Jag Bucks!

Office of Community Engagement Open House
11:00 am - 1:30pm
Student Center Room 240
Stop by the Office of Community Engagement Open House to learn how students can link their passion for service to the real world needs of our community. By signing up for South Serves, our volunteer opportunity website, students will be able to explore opportunities to serve with over 100 agencies who provide critical services throughout the community, and build a “volunteer résumé” from day 1. Refreshments provided.

First Generation Meet & Greet
2:00 pm
Marx Library Room 181
Like much of South’s student population many of our faculty, staff, and administrators were the first in their families to attend college. The First Gen Meet & Greet will provide students, faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as first-generation college students the opportunity to connect with one another over light refreshments. Please join us for fellowship, food, and fun.

LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception
Student Center Terrace
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception during the Week of Welcome! Come to hear about what resources are provided on campus and in the community, and build important networks and connections. Brief remarks will begin at 3:15pm and light refreshments provided.

JP Week of Welcome Movie – Avengers: End Game
7:00 pm - Student Center Ballroom
Jaguar Productions welcomes you back to South! Bring your friends and come on out for a fun, free movie and popcorn. It will be a great time with the Avengers: End Game. We look forward to seeing you Thursday, August 22rd at 7PM in the Student Center Ballroom.

Friday, August 23

BSU Back to School Party
10:00 pm – 2:00 am
Student Center Ballroom
The Black Student Union is continuing the annual back to school party! This year it will be hosted in the Student Center Ballroom. Entry $5 (subject to change).

Saturday, August 24

Student Recreation Center Open
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Exploring the Art Behind Gaming Con: Episode #1
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Marx Library, Gallery 181
It is one thing to play the game, it's another to learn about the art behind the game. Join us to meet local creators of board games, video games, card games and more. Here is your chance to talk to the creators, play a little and learn a little. Feel free to dress up in your favorite cosplay! Attendees include Gamers & Geeks, USA Animation Association, D & D, Pathfinder and more. See you there!

Sunday, August 25

Student Center Open
12:00 - 9:00 pm

Student Recreation Center Open
1:00 - 9:00 pm

Monday, August 26

The Center for Academic Excellence Opens
10:00 am
Marx Library, 2nd Floor (North Side)
The Center for Academic Excellence invites students to tour the learning space on the second floor of the Marx Library, meet our team, and learn about the tutoring services and workshops that the Center provides each semester. Tutoring is offered for a variety of general education courses at USA, and academic success workshops will be hosted throughout the semester. We look forward to seeing you on opening day!

Sorority Recruitment Bid Day
5:30 pm
Sorority Commons
Bid Day marks the end of Sorority Recruitment week. This is the day that invitations to join a Panhellenic sorority are distributed. Bid Day is open to all family and friends of potential new members.

Tuesday, August 27

X Marx the Spot
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Marx Library
Visit the Marx Library on Tuesday, August 27, for X Marx the Spot. Use the clues the librarians give you on Instagram to find awesome prizes hidden throughout the library. Explore each floor, hunt for hidden treasure, and learn all about your library!

Meet the Black Faculty & Staff Association
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Student Center Room 205
The Black Faculty & Staff Association creates, cultivates, and maintains a sense of community by promoting the interests and concerns of Black faculty, staff, and students.  All USA faculty, staff, and especially students are invited to the BFSA Mixer to learn more about the organization, network with university leaders and peers, and participate in an open, community discussion.

JP Welcome Back Social
7:00 pm
Student Center Terrace
Join Jaguar Productions at our Welcome Back Social. Learn about our organization, the events we have planned for the year, and how you can be a part of the JP Family.

Wednesday, August 28

Jag Wear Wednesday
Show your South spirit and throw on your Jag Wear and red, white, and blue! Be sure to post you post your best look using #JagWearWednesday

On Campus and Part Time Job Fair
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom
Students interested in part-time employment are encouraged to attend this event to meet local area employers and USA campus representatives to hear about their current hiring needs. This job fair is open to USA students and all majors are welcome. Remember to bring multiple copies of your resume to share with employers. Visit Resume Writing Resources for helpful information to assist you in making the best first impression and beyond.

Get On Board Day
Student Center Lobby
11:00am - 1:00 pm
Get On Board Day is an opportunity for USA's 200+ student organizations to reach out to new and returning students, letting them know about each organization's purpose and goals, and promote membership. Organizations are able to reserve tables, set up displays, and recruit new members. Students may meet with club officers and members, ask questions, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in student life at South.

NPHC Informational
Student Center Ballroom
6:00 - 8:30 pm
NPHC Fall Informational is an opportunity for USA students to meet the University's divine nine groups. This is a mandatory event for all students that are interested in joining a NPHC Greek organization. Students must be dressed in business attire and present Jag Card upon entry. The cost of the event is $10.00.

Thursday, August 29

Get On Board Day
Student Center Lobby
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Get On Board Day is an opportunity for USA's 200+ student organizations to reach out to new and returning students, letting them know about each organization's purpose and goals, and promote membership. Organizations are able to reserve tables, set up displays, and recruit new members. Students may meet with club officers and members, ask questions, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in student life at South.

Block Party
6:00 – 9:00 pm - Moulton Tower Plaza (Rain Location: Mitchell Center Arena) You can’t miss Jaguar Productions’ Annual Block Party! With DJ Money Mic, awesome activities and of course FREE FOOD, it will be a night you’ll never forget! Be sure to get there early to get this year’s Block Party t-shirt! JP’s Block Party is the party you don’t want to miss!

Friday, August 30

Welcome Back Soccer Social
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Cage (USA Soccer Facility)
Join us for sno-cones and popcorn at The Cage before our Jags take on the Blazers of UAB! FREE t-shirt giveaway for the first 250 students. Hosted by South Alabama Athletics, USA Southerners and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT).

Jag Soccer v. UAB
7:00 pm
The Cage
Join the Jaguar Soccer team as they host UAB at The Cage! Admission is free to all regular season home soccer matches. See you at The Cage to support your Jags!

Saturday, August 31

Student Recreation Center Open
8:00 am - 9:00 pm