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Transfer Student Association

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Transfer Student AssociationThe Transfer Student Association is a student organization that helps to connect transfer students to one another and assist each other in areas of need at the university level. We strive to inform transfer students about happenings on campus and engage in both the Southern Miss and Hattiesburg communities. If you’re looking for a way to get involved on campus and connect with other students, join TSA! Interested in joining the email list for TSA?

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Upcoming Events 

All information about Fall 2020 events will be posted soon! Keep checking our page throughout the summer for more information. 

Previous Spring 2020 Events

  • Cookies, Coffee and Conversations

Wednesday, February 5
The HUB, LSI Suite | Noon 
Join other transfer students as we kick off the new semester over cookies, coffee, and conversations! This is a come-and-go event to meet new people and refresh mid-day. 

  • Financial Literacy Cash Course

Wednesday, February 12
Thad Cochran Center 214 | 5:30 p.m.
Financial literacy is an important life skill, and we want to help you master it. This workshop will help you learn how to make informed decisions for your personal financing needs, college funding preparation, and career decisions. It is our hope that while you are a student at USM, you are learning all the necessary information to be successful in your chosen career path in addition to being successful in your adult life post-graduation.

  • Rock Wall Social 

    Wednesday, March 11
    The Payne Center | 6-7:30 p.m. 
    Have you wanted to climb the rock wall in the Payne Center and haven't had the chance? Now you do! Join other transfer students on March 11 from 6-7:30 as we encourage each other and climb the artificial rock wall. Rock climbing is free to all USM students and your USM ID is required. Light refreshments will also be provided. 
  • TSA Service Project

    Tuesday, March 24
    Hub 104 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Join Volunteer USM, TSA, & Men of Excellence as we give back for our next service project! We are collecting school supplies for a school in Medina Bank, Belize, and all donations are welcome. Please drop your items off at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) office in the Hub 104 between 8-5 on March 24.


Meet our 2020-21 executive officers below! 

Christy Pheal

Christy Pheal

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Transferred From: Jones College
Major: Kinesiotherapy

How has getting involved at USM helped your transition to the Southern Miss community?

After serving as a member on the TSA leadership team this past academic school year, I truly learned dedication and leadership skills. One important thing I learned about being a leader is learning how to work with the things you have and sometimes even improvising to make events happen. I am excited about serving as the TSA president for the 2020-21 academic school year, and I am here to serve all of our transfer students.



Caitlin Sumrall

Caitlin Sumrall
Vice President


Hometown: Poplarville, MS
Transferred From: Pearl River Community College
Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management

How has getting involved at USM helped your transition to the Southern Miss community?
Getting involved with different organizations has been the best way to transition to a new school because it gives you the opportunity to be automatically connected to a group of people. You always have someone to ask when you have a question, or someone to grab lunch with when you need to vent about classes. I am so glad to have these opportunities.



Parris Watts

Parris Watts
Recruitment Chair


Hometown: Richland, MS
Transferred From: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Major: History and Legal Studies

How has getting involved at USM helped your transition to the Southern Miss community?
Getting involved has helped me grow as a student because it helped me meet new people and learn about all of the things that USM has to offer.



Elizabeth Hoffer

Elizabeth Hoffer
Social Media Chair


Hometown: Pascagoula, MS
Transferred From: Northwest Mississippi Community College
Major: Criminal Justice

How has getting involved at USM helped your transition to the Southern Miss community?
Getting involved at USM has given me the opportunity to make connections with students who have interests similar to mine. Through TSA, I have been able to connect with other transfer students who are adjusting like myself. I have also gotten involved with students in my school of study, which has helped me adjust to classes in a university setting and form friendships with others with similar interests and who are on similar career paths. Getting involved has reassured me that I made the right choice in transferring to USM and will be successful here.



Mia Bass

Mia Bass


Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS
Transferred From: Tougaloo College
Major: Psychology

How has getting involved at USM helped your transition to the Southern Miss community?
My transition to Southern Miss was great due to my involvement with organizations like TSA. This is a key factor in the college experience. It has connected me to more groups and organizations that I have interests in, and has helped me build my network. SMTTT! 


Interested in getting more involved with the Transfer Student Association? The TSA Executive Officers are selected through an application and interview process every April.

Limited leadership team positions are also available for all transfer students! Applications for the leadership team will open in Summer 2020.