The World is Your Classroom

Heath Vester Experience, Fall 2019

College is a transformative time for most. It is an opportunity to learn new things, meet new people and develop independence from your past. For me, college was just that – a time to go and explore new parts of the world, meet new people and make new friends. Although I grew up in Mobile and practically went to college …

Student-Devoted: What Sets Us Apart

Heath Vester Learning, Spring 2018

Most universities say they care about students, but from my own experience at University of Mobile, I know there is something that sets UM apart from the rest. At University of Mobile, it’s more than just a slogan; it’s a way of life embodied by each faculty and staff member. The idea that a student can truly be known by …

A Tiny Home with Big Vision

Heath Vester Experience, Fall 2017

There is so much in today’s society telling us we need more. The pressures to live up to the American dream can sometimes feel more like a nightmare. It has become easy to lose sight of what’s important in life, getting caught up in having it all or keeping up with the Jones’s. University of Mobile alumni Samantha and Adam …

The Remembrance Tree

Heath Vester Experience, Spring 2017

This particular Christmas story began in 1966 as a project of Annie Boyd Parker Weaver, wife of founding president Dr. William K. Weaver Jr. The university, then called Mobile College, had been open only three years, and Mrs. Weaver felt something was needed to bring the young campus together. In the summer of 1966, while attending the annual national meeting …

And the Greatest of These is Love

Heath Vester Experience, Spring 2013

It was the fall of 1964. Linda Boykin Lyles ’67 was beginning her sophomore year as a member of the charter class at the new Mobile College, and Tom Lyles ’68 had just started his freshman year. They had seen each other around campus – something that wasn’t hard to do at a school with one classroom building and two …

Dreams Fulfilled

Heath Vester Experience, Spring 2012

It was just a tremendous challenge,” he recalled recently. “There was nobody you could talk to about starting a college. You just knew what all had to be done, and I wasn’t sure I could measure up to it.” With wife Annie Boyd Parker “B” Weaver at his side, the founding president of Mobile College/University of Mobile accepted the challenge. He led the college from …