Our First 60 Years
Our 60th anniversary brings with it a redesigned South Magazine. The University is proud to collaborate with the USA National Alumni Association on this publication. With dynamic photography and illustrations, along with approachable storytelling and a new look, South Magazine has been expanded to showcase the best of the University of South Alabama. This edition takes a look back at our first six decades, and it also allows readers a whimsical glimpse into the future through the use of artificial intelligence. We’ve come a long way from our modest beginnings. Our history is relatively short, and there is still much of our story to be written. Our students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters will be the authors of that biography, and I’m looking forward to seeing where we will go, together, as the Flagship of the Gulf Coast.
While some students at South follow in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents, the University’s many first-generation students are blazing a new path for future generations.
The University was founded in 1963 without a single building to call its own. Sixty years later, South serves as the Flagship of the Gulf Coast.
Providence Hospital is now part of USA Health. The acquisition includes Providence's 349-bed hospital, eight clinics on the hospital campus and six family practice sites.
Dr. Daniela Touma is using a National Science Foundation grant to predict power demands in the development of vehicle-to-grid technology.
Learn how a black-and-gold varsity letter from South survived hurricane flooding for a runner who became a professor.
We asked the AI chatbot ChatGPT to envision South in 15 years. We encouraged bold predictions; some may seem unlikely.
Dr. Glen Borchert focuses on research that offers hope for fighting disease and improving the functioning of our bodies.
The architecture of South reveals its history, brick by reddish brick, from a single building to a sprawling campus that continues to grow.
A USA Health team eased a young girl’s pain, inspired student engineers and gave hope to children with spinal deformity.