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Transfer Student Association

About Us

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 

  • National Transfer Student Week

Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23
Join The Center for Student Success and the Transfer Student Association as we celebrate our transfer students on campus! Click here for a for more details on events and activities happening during the week. 

  • Virtual Game Night

Wednesday, October 21
Zoom - Register here:
Join us during National Transfer Student Week for a fun, virtual game night! Come make new friends and have a good time while we game with 

Previous Fall 2020 Events

  • Virtual Vision Board Party

Wednesday, September 16
Zoom - Register here:  
Ever wanted to make a vision board to map out your goals and dreams? We'll provide the supplies and fun, and you just pick up your packet and participate! Together we'll get creative from our own homes and make a vision board that displays our goals for the academic year. The Center for Student Success will have materials packets ready to pick up Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who register. 

  • Kickoff Table

Wednesday, September 9 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Library Courtyard
Find TSA members outside in the Cook Library courtyard and ask how you can get involved! We'll be giving away free "Proud Golden Eagle" t-shirts to the first 50 students to come by, and snacks will also be provided. Be sure to wear your mask! 


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.