text only
The Lowdown
  Spirit Week
  Greek Week
  International Spring Festival
  Miss USA Pageant
  Student Art Show
  College Bowl
  Midweek Nooners
  African-American Awareness Observance
  National Engineers Week
  Get on Board Day
  Lowdown Handbook (PDF)

The most celebrated week-long event of the year...all facets of University life are
involved in this fall celebration. Window painting competition, spirit contests,
Homecoming Court elections, a major show, and the football game–everyone gets
caught up in the excitement.

Spirit Week
Spirit Week began in 2009 with the establishment of Homecoming during Football
Season. Spirit Week is a celebration and recognition of USA Men's and Women's
Basketball. The week if full of student vs. teacher competitions, voting for Mr. and Miss
Jaguar court, pre-game tailgating, and a pep rally in the Student Center Amphitheater.

Greek Week
Greek Week, organized by the fraternities and sororities at South Alabama, is a
week of fun and fundraising. Starting with the Greek games, the week progresses to
include a two-day Red Cross Blood Drive in the Student Center and a food drive for
the Bay Area Food Bank. The organizations consistently donate over 200 pints of blood
and collect 5000 pounds of food, as well as sponsor one additional fund raiser each
year. A day of public service gives Greeks an opportunity to give back to the community.
The week concludes with a band party open to all USA students and the naming of the
Greek God and Goddess.

Spring Fling
Sponsored by Jaguar Productions, Spring Fling is a week in late Spring that is chock
full of fun, day and night. Diverse music, contests, games, and other fun things to do.

International Spring Festival
An annual tradition at South Alabama! The goals of the Festival are to promote
international interest and knowledge through the efforts of both foreign and American
students, faculty, and staff, and to increase the importance of international affairs.
Traditional events include the Parade of Flags, Food Fest, International Dance, Exhibits
of the World and Talent Show. The festival provides a fascinating window of the world
that’s fun, informative and delicious!

Miss USA Pageant
Choosing a beautiful and talented young woman to represent the University of South
Alabama in the Miss Alabama scholarship contest is the purpose of the Miss USA Pageant.
The pageant also awards several scholarships to the contestants. The sponsors for this
event are Pi Kappa Phi and the Miss USA Board of Directors.

Student Art Show
The Student Art Association sponsors a semi-annual art show and sale in the spring
and fall. Held in the lobby of the Student Center, this two-day event features the work
of USA students and is juried by recognized authorities. The show offers faculty and
students a chance to enjoy and purchase paintings, prints, ceramics, drawings, sculpture
and photographs. Both fine arts students and commercial design students participate
in this cultural affair.

College Bowl
The College Bowl Tournament is sponsored early in the Fall Semester each year by
the USA College Bowl Club and the Student Center. Teams of four students compete
in the tournament by answering toss-up and bonus questions that cover all academic
fields, as well as, areas such as sports and current events. Teams can be sponsored by
student organizations or may be composed of four individual students. Both graduate
and undergraduate students who are currently enrolled are eligible to participate. An
All-Star team is composed of the five highest scorers during the campus tournament.
All campus participants are invited to take part in weekly practice sessions to select
the team which will represent the University of South Alabama at the Region VI College
Bowl Tournament held at the end of February. Two teams are also selected from the
participants to compete at the Alabama State Invitational Tournament held in early
February. Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi compete at the regional
level, with the winning team advancing to the national competition. For further
information contact Dr. Michael Doran 460-6390.

“Get Down and Dirty” with The Southerners, the University ambassador group,
during Oozeball-co-ed volleyball played in eight inches of gooey mud. The event
originated in 1989 and will be played on April 26, 2008. It is a unique and memorable
event that includes 6-8 person teams. South Alabama students, faculty, staff and alumni
are eligible to participate on four courts located across from Stanky Field.
Applications are available in March at the Office of Alumni Relations, Campus
Rec Center, SGA Office and the SC Info desk. For other information contact Carol
Kittrell, Office of Alumni Relations, 460-7084.

Midweek Nooners
Check out the fun on the first Wednesday of each month.
Jaguar Productions provides a diversion from normal class activity by providing a way
for you to meet others in wild and wacky ways.

African-American Awareness Observance
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration begins the annual African-American
Awareness Observance. The King celebration includes a luncheon, a memorial oncampus
march and rally, and a keynote speaker. African-American Awareness programs
continue throughout the Spring Semester with a wide array of speakers, panels,
entertainers, and other activities. Student services, student, and academic organizations
join in this goal of promoting an appreciation for and understanding of the contributions
of Africans and African-Americans to civilization.

National Engineers Week
National Engineers Week is an annual event to bring public attention to the work
and contributions of the nation's engineers. The College of Engineering celebrates the
week by introducing local middle school students to engineering concept during Open
House, where students participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments.
Engineering students end the week by participating in E-Day, where there are activities
such as a career fair with local companies, a cookout, and competitions between the
various disciplines.

Get on Board Day
Get On Board Day is an opportunity for USA's 300+ student organizations to reach
out to new and returning students, letting them know about each organization's purpose
and goals. Held in early fall in the Student Center, the day is sponsored by the Office of
Campus Involvement. Organizations reserve tables, set up displays, and have the
opportunity to recruit new members. USA students are able to visit with club officers
and advisors, ask questions, and learn about the many opportunities to get involved in
student life.

University of South Alabama