Each month, I truly look forward to sharing good news about our outstanding alumni, students, and faculty. Last week, the USA National Alumni Association hosted a Virtual Alumni Reunion with a variety of events throughout the day. I had a chance to meet with a group of College of Arts and Sciences alumni via Zoom and enjoyed seeing students that I taught during their time at South. This month's Newsletter features a link for you to watch videos from the Alumni Reunion in case you missed the events. 

We also are proud to announce our College’s involvement in a National Science Foundation Grant for “Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Weather Forecasting." Living on the Gulf Coast we all know about the importance of weather forecasting, and we are very excited about this award. 

Through its #FreshmanFocus series, the University is featuring articles on new freshman. In this Newsletter, we are happy to introduce Jhalana Jones. She has performed in local theater and is now studying music education at South. We also have an article about Dr. Brandi Kiel Reese, the newest faculty member in the USA Department of Marine Sciences. She was recently featured in the American Museum of Natural History’s “Scientists at Home" online discussion series. Also in this issue, we recognize Dr. Lesley Gregoricka, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Michael Odair, who graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Communication. The USA National Alumni Association recently honored both Gregoricka and Odair for their hard work and success.

Again, we hope you enjoy reading this month's College news, and please stay in touch.

Best regards,

Dr. Andrzej Wierzbicki
USA College of Arts and Sciences