Special Interest Student Organizations

Be sure to file the 2013-2014 Organization Information Form to have your organization's information listed on the Student Activities Website.
A Show of Hands

A Show of Hands (ASoH) strives to bridge the gap between the hearing world and the Deaf world by entertaining through music enriched with sign language.

President: Crystal Rutland Email Crystal

The Afro-American Student Organization (AASO)

The Afro-American Student Organization (AASO) is a university-chartered organization designed to help promote diversity at Southern Miss. AASO is the largest minority student organization on campus and membership is open to all students regardless of race. AASO provides social and cultural activities that include social functions, community service projects, and leadership development workshops.

President: Thurston Robertson Email Thurston

Amnesty International

We are Southern Miss' chapter of Amnesty International. Amnesty International is a human rights organization that strives to bring awareness to important human rights issues around the world. We are apolitical and areligious and every semester we raise money for NGOs that work towards bettering the causes that we decide on as a group. We raise money through bake sales and benefits throughout the semester and then send a check to the organization of out choice to help aid them in anyway necessary in bettering their cause.

President: Jamelia Mills Email Jamelia

Anime Club

The USM Anime Club's goal is to foster and retain friendships through a mutual love of Japanese culture and animation.

President: Andrew Beyea Email Andrew

Catalyst Undergraduate Research Journal

Catalyst Undergraduate Research Journal is dedicated to inspiring and giving fellow undergraduates the desire and tools to take the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a new level of undergraduate research.

President: Michelle Holowach Email Michelle

Chinese Student Association

CSA provides a close community for USM Taiwanese scholars and students.

President: Chen-Wei Cheng Email Chen-Wei

Collective Hip-Hop Artistically Original Society (C.H.A.O.S.)

Collective Hip-Hop Artistically Original Society or CHAOS is an organization that embodies students who are artistic in music, dance, visual or spoken word. The organization focuses on helping others perfect their craft as well as educate students on the numerous styles that are a part of their particular genre.

President: Carlos Stallworth Email Carlos

College Republicans

Student lead organization dedicated to spreading the message of the Republican Party on campus. Our purpose is to recruit, register, train and mobilize young adults across our campus. We are the voice for conservative students.

President: Anna Pickens Email Anna

Disney College Program Alumni Association

This organization gives students an opportunity to learn about the Disney College Program and apply for internship opportunities within the Walt Disney Company. The Disney College Program is a paid internship in either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Students must have completed one semester of college and currently be a student when applying. In order to become part of this program, students must apply online, take a web based interview, and complete a phone interview. If they successfully pass, they will embark on this internship either in the fall or spring semester.

President: Stephanie RussumEmail Stephanie

Eagle Connection

An 80+ member team of student recruitment ambassadors that help facilitate prospective student campus tours as well as college fairs.

President: Will Stevens Email Will

Eagles for Life

The mission of Eagles for Life is to: educate pro-life college students about the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide; identify pro-life student leaders; equip college pro-lifers with the training, skills and resources to be effective and successful; promote student activity to other local, college and national groups.

President: Tessa WilloughbyEmail Tessa

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance

We are a group founded to support feminism and gender equality at USM and throughout Mississippi. We believe that everyone is equal and deserves equal opportunities. We are strongly pro-choice, pro-safe and enthusiastically consensual sex and supportive of human rights movements such as LGBT rights and economic justice campaigns.

President: Jessica Piness Email Jessica

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

The Gay Straight Alliance at The University of Southern Mississippi is a group of students, faculty, and community members who believe in putting an end to homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination. We exist to ensure that our university is a safe place for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The GSA offers free education, support, and information to individuals hoping to learn more about our organization.

President: Zackari Arbogast Email Zack

Golden Eagle Welcome Week (GEWW) Crew

The Golden Eagle Welcome Week Crew hopes to provide a smooth transition to Southern Miss and share knowledge and helpful resources for student success. We will also uphold the spirit of Southern Miss and provide a welcoming environment for all incoming students. The Golden Eagle Welcome Week Crew works to successfully execute the events pertaining to GEWW and help transition freshman and transfer students to the university.

President: Christian Myrick Email Christian

Her Campus

We are a branch of Her Campus, a nationally read online magazine. Our publication is tailored to a female audience, and discusses many issues and lifestyle choices of the female college student demographic.

President: Megan Fink Email Megan

Honors College Ambassadors

We are the student hosts of the Honors College and participate in recruiting and orientation events. We also serve in various community service projects.

President: Ashten Redell Email Ashten

I.D.E.A.L. Women

IDEAL Women Federated Club is an organization geared toward uplifting women and our community through service, scholarship, and fellowship.

President: Desmin Ross Email Desmin

Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (I.M.A.G.E.)

This NSF-funded program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

President: Chris BoldenEmail Chris

Men of Excellence (M.O.X.)

Men of Excellence is a community service based organization that works to better the image of all males here on campus, emphasizing educationally enriched programs and building a foundation of excellence. We serve our campus and community with pride and integrity while maintaining respect for ourselves and others and excel in all endeavors we choose to undertake individually and collectively.

President: Carlen Chestang, III Email Carlen

Rho Gamma: The Southerner Yearbook

The Southerner Yearbook is the student annual of The University of Southern Mississippi. Comprised of an all-student staff, The Southerner employs graphic designers, reporters, and photographers to record the events of each year. The yearbook recruits staff members at the end of each Spring semester and hires its staff around June so that the book can begin coverage in early Fall.

Editor-in-Chief: Brandy Romig Email Brandy

Roots and Shoots

The Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Institute is centered around bringing awareness to the importance of the environment. This organization celebrates peace and balance for all animals, plants, and their surrounding environment. Roots and Shoots is open to people of all majors and hopes to bring a new revolution of environmental awareness to the students of the University of Southern Mississippi.

President: Heather Haines Email Heather

Secular Student Alliance

This group is for atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other secular students and faculty at Southern Miss, as well as nonsecular students and faculty who support secular issues. We are officially associated with the national Secular Student Alliance (SSA), and we hope to get a group started on the coast campus once the Hattiesburg group is going strong! Please join if you are secular or a secular supporter, and invite other secular friends to join as well. Meetings held can include guest speakers and discussions on troubles faced and how to "come out" as a secular to friends or family. We can also collect donations for secular organizations who help fund cancer research, human rights, etc.

President: Kevin Clifton Email Kevin

South City Records

South City Records is a student-run record label that promotes the development of artists, musicians, and industry professionals through marketing, production, management, and live performance.

President: Paul West Email Paul

Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC)

The Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) is a student-run, student-funded organization. SMAC strives to offer a variety of educational and entertaining programs to complement the Southern Miss academic experience, while bringing programs to educate and enlighten the student body. Events offered include concerts, movies, speakers, novelty acts and many more which are open to ALL students free of charge.

President: Gavin Snyder Email Gavin

Southern Style

Southern Style is a diverse group of students selected to serve the university as orientation leaders. We serve as the host group for university events, including commencement, convocation, and Founders’ Day. We also serve as Peer Mentors for first year students to ensure these students have the most successful first year at Southern Miss.

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Stage Monkeys

The Stage Monkeys are Hattiesburg's premier improv troupe. They perform unscripted, audience-interactive shows on Thursday nights. They specialize in short-form comedy sketches, but occasionally dive into mid- and long-form. The Stage Monkeys of Hattiesburg are part of a national network of improv troupes which began in Lafayette, LA.

President: Jamie Jelinski Email Jamie

Student Government Association

"The Student Government Association desires: -to provide an effective organization for the administration of the student body. -to establish official channels through which student opinions may be expressed. -to promote students' rights and responsibilities. -to ensure the growth and development of self-government for all students. -to encourage university pride, to promote academic freedom and academic responsibility. -to protect the rights of students. -to promote full cooperation between students, faculty and administration in the constant pursuit of excellence, justice, and quality of life for all students at The University of Southern Mississippi."

President: Ann Marie Chilcutt Email Ann Marie

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Our organization promotes responsibility in everyday life through programs and community service projects.

President: Danielle Gaddy Email Danielle

Students for Human Rights

Student's for Human Rights purpose is to help organize opportunities for existing campus organizations and students to partake in events that support human rights issues. This is done by means of participation in events created by other organizations that support human rights issues. This objective is also met by creating events for the student and faculty to participated in that also support human rights issues.

President: Caleb BrownEmail Caleb

Sustainability Advocates

Our group strives to promote green and sustainable lifestyles to college students. Our goal is to teach students how to make healthy choices both for themselves and the planet. We advocate alternative forms of transportation, recycling, proper waste management, energy conservation, ethical purchasing, and supporting local economies. We reach out to students by hosting informative events such as educational seminars, screenings, and tabling events. We conducted several events in Earth Week this past year and plan to make next years Earth Week even bigger!

President: Katrina KnauerEmail Katrina


TEAAM USM is a university chapter of the statewide organization TEAAM (Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi) dedicated to advocating for autism awareness, volunteering in the autistic community, and raising funds to send kids on the autism spectrum to summer camp.

President: Michelle Holowach Email Michelle

The Legacy

The Legacy, the student alumni association, is the campus leader in promoting spirit and enthusiasm on campus by protecting the tradition and history of Southern Miss. As the student group of the Alumni Association and one of the largest dues-paying student organizations at Southern Miss, we have many fun activities that draw the interest of the entire student body. Our current membership is more than 1,000 members and growing.

President: Torrel Bridges Email Torrel

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Southern Miss Chapter

The first university USGBC Student Group in the state of Mississippi, our vision is towards environmental, economic, and socially responsible building within our communities that values and preserves our natural resources for future generations.

President: Alvin Taylor Email Alvin

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

We, the students of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a non-profit student organization based on the University of Southern Mississippi's campus that strives to preserve our Vietnamese culture and heritage. We are committed to challenging students to become fully engaged and engrossed into their desire to become more educated about the importance of our culture and how it plays an integral role in defining who we are by embracing our commonalities and differences such as history, language, community, tradition, religion, and/or spirituality. We hope to become emissaries of the Vietnamese community to those with different backgrounds to build cross-cultural bridges, foster acceptance, and awareness among our campus. As a dynamic and open organization, we are dedicated to maintaining an open and welcoming atmosphere within our association. As an association, VSA is a home away from home, where meaningful relationships are created when members work together to enrich each other lives.

President: Tram Nguyen Email Tram

Wellness Ambassadors

Wellness Ambassadors is a group of students from various majors who help promote health and well-being on the Southern Miss campus. Wellness Ambassadors are leaders with skills and talents that assist professional health educators in designing, promoting, and participating in health events and campaigns on campus.

President: Jordan Lowery Email Jordan

Young Americans for Liberty

Young Americans for Liberty is a pro-liberty organization.. YAL seeks to identify, educate, train, and mobilize young people committed to winning on principle. Our goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates, and direction of our government.

President: Christopher McSparrinEmail Christopher