University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

August 15, 2014
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6638

USA Kicks Off the School Year with JagFest 2014
New President Ready to Greet Students

The University of South Alabama will begin a new academic year with a host of back-to-school events, including JagFest on Saturday, Aug. 16, which features Move-In Day, Campus Fair and the President’s Dinner Buffet.

The highlight of JagFest this year will include new USA President Dr. Tony G. Waldrop and his wife, Dr. Julee Waldrop greeting and helping students move into the residence halls. This year, more than 700 USA faculty, staff, students and alumni will help new students move into the residence halls, which is a record number.
On Monday, Aug. 18, the USA Student Center Grand Opening will feature refreshments, music and more. USA Student Affairs wants everyone to “Come Experience the Center of it All.”

USA will have more than 3, 277 students residing on campus at the University this fall. This number includes students living at The Grove, privately owned apartment-style student housing on USA’s campus.

Classes at USA begin on Monday, Aug. 18.

Upcoming USA back-to-school events include:

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, JagFest (activities all day)

    Move-In Day
    9 a.m.-4 p.m., USA Residence Halls
    USA President Tony G. Waldrop, deans, faculty, staff, alumni and student organization members welcome and help new students move into the Stokes, Delta, Epsilon, Beta, Gamma and "New" residence halls and the Grove student apartments.

    Campus Fair
    5-6:30 p.m. Mitchell Center Concourse
    Features more than 100 information booths set up by USA student organizations, business and community representatives. Refreshments are provided and door prizes are given away.

    President’s Dinner
    Buffet 5:30-7 p.m., Mitchell Center Arena
    The President Waldrop hosts the dinner buffet as a culminating event to JagFest. The event is open to new students and their families, as well as other members of the University community. Transfer students are also invited to attend.

  • Aug. 16-25 Pan-Hellenic Recruitment Week
    Please view detailed schedule at

  • Friday, Aug. 22, Jaguar Soccer
    7 p.m., The Cage.
    South Alabama vs. UAB

  • Sunday, Aug. 24, Football Fan Day
    4-6 p.m., Main Floor of the Mitchell Center
    Come out and meet Head Football Coach Joey Jones and the Jaguar football team for Fan Day 2014. This event will feature an autograph session with the coaches and players. All fans are encouraged to bring memorabilia to be signed and cameras to take photos of your favorite Jaguar players and South Paw with the cheerleaders. This event, which includes parking, is free and open to the public.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 27, Get On Board Day
    11a.m.-2 p.m., Student Center.
    This day is an opportunity for all students to meet representatives of more than 200 student organizations and to get involved on USA's campus.

  • Thursday, Aug. 28, National Pan-Hellenic Council Informational
    7 p.m., Student Center Ballroom.
    For more information, contact Petre Freeman at (251) 460-6895.

  • Thursday, Sept. 11, USA National Alumni Association Annual Meeting
    5:30 p.m., USA Student Center Ballroom.
    For more information, contact the National Alumni Association at (251) 460-7084.

  • Friday, Sept. 12,

    Inauguration Ceremony, President Tony G. Waldrop
    2 p.m., USA Mitchell Center

    Jaguar Prowl-Pep Rally
    7 p.m. Jaguar Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Prowlers and Football Team will depart The Battle House Hotel at 7 p.m. and walk to Cathedral Square. The Pep Rally will begin in Cathedral Square when the band arrives.

  • Saturday, Sept. 13, USA Jaguars VS. Mississippi State University

    Ladd-Peebles Stadium, First 2014 Home Game.
    This game will be televised on ESPN News
    Tailgating All Day - Ladd-Peebles Stadium
    12:45 p.m. - Jaguar Prowl - Coaches and players walk south side of Ladd-Peebles Stadium. 3:00 p.m. – Kickoff time- Jaguars vs. Mississippi State

Individual and season South Alabama Jaguar football tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling (251) 461-1USA.

For more information on registration or readmission for former USA students, visit the USA Registrar’s Office online at or call (251) 460-6251.

New students interested in applying for admission to the University can get information by visiting the USA Office of Admissions online at or by calling (251) 460-6141.                          


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