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South Magazine

A Message from the Mac

The 50th anniversary celebration of the 鶹ý National Alumni Association is in full swing. It’s been so much fun seeing so many of you at festivities the past several months, including our birthday kickoff party, the Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards gala, the Alumni Easter Egg Hunt and our Member Appreciation Block Party. Stay tuned for upcoming events as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary year. In this edition, we reflect on the history of the National Alumni Association, from our humble beginnings in 1974 to the dynamic organization we are today, and the impact we’ve made on our beloved University, our alumni, students and friends. Alumni continue to play an important role in the growth and success of our University by becoming more integrated in its life, leadership and governance. 

Read full message from Executive Director of the 鶹ý National Alumni Association Karen Webster Edwards ’80

 

Spring 2024


Pomp, Pancakes, and Pride

Pomp, Pancakes, and Pride

In this edition of South Magazine, we pay tribute to beloved traditions, other experiences that connect us and the yearly rhythms of living on the Gulf Coast.

Mobile Poet Laureate

Mobile Poet Laureate

As the first Mobile Poet Laureate, Dr. Charlotte Pence will have the opportunity to share poems and lead programs that enrich life and language in the Port City.

Going Strong for 46 Years

Going Strong for 46 Years

The Southerners are an ubiquitous presence at University functions and help out at events including for visiting dignitaries, Board of Trustees meetings and more.

 

Tell Us You’re a Jaguar Without Telling Us You’re a Jaguar

Tell Us You’re a Jaguar Without Telling Us You’re a Jaguar

Traditions build community. Whether heartwarming or hilarious, an elaborate event or a simple hand gesture, they bring Jaguars together.

Sending Sentinels into the Storem

Sending Sentinels Into The Storm

While everyone else is fleeing an approaching storm this hurricane season, Dr. Bret Webb and 鶹ý colleagues will be heading toward it.

South Is ‘Just Right’ for Coach Major Applewhite

South is 'Just Right' for Coach Major Applewhite

鶹ý Jaguars Head Football Coach Major Applewhite and his family have called Mobile home for the past three years.

 

19th Annual Distinguished Alumni and  Service Awards

19th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards

Alumni are continuously making a difference across the globe. The Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards celebrates the achievements of our remarkable alumni and friends.

It Starts with a Ride from the Airport

It Starts with a Ride from the Airport

For more than 25 years Jim and Mary Mather have welcomed students from around the globe through the Friends of Internationals — sometimes right after their plane lands.

Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future

Celebrating the Past, Preparing for the Future

Founded in 1974, the 鶹ý National Alumni Association is marking half a century of giving back to South and transforming students’ lives.

 

Messages of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope and Healing

The Spiritual Health and Counseling Department, established in 2022, offers spiritual and emotional support to patients, their caregivers and employees. Today, the department includes four board-certified chaplains and a counselor.

Rites of Revelry

Rites of Revelry

Each year, the Jaguar Marching Band appears in at least one Mardi Gras parade. As they step out in the 2024 Knights of Revelry parade, the band plays the Jags’ fight song, “South!,” “Jaguar Pride” and one of their signature tunes, Cameo’s “Word Up!” 

Sand Dollars

Sand Dollars

In tourism, as in most things, trends come and go. The Alabama Gulf Coast doesn’t play that game. In 2023, travel-related spending in Mobile and Baldwin counties totaled $9.7 billion.