We Have a New President!

Kathy Dean Learning, Spring 2016

Introducing the 4th President of University of Mobile: Timothy L. Smith, PhD, PhD, CRNA, APRN   On the morning of April 11, 2016, the University of Mobile Board of Trustees gathered in Harrigan Center conference room on campus for a meeting that would set a new course for the future of the 54-year-old Baptist college. The first word from the …

Jordan & Whitney Van Matre w/Kennedy

A Gospel of Grace

Kathy Dean Faith, Spring 2016

Jordan Van Matre ’07, Owner/President, The Law Office of Jordan K. Van Matre, P.C.   “I’ve got this outward appearance that I’ve got it all together,” he said. “But God knows my heart, and I know the condition of my heart. Despite that, Christ loves me and accepts me as I am. The Gospel is about accepting that fact, and …

Hold on Tight: The Foley Years: 1998 – 2016

Kathy Dean Learning, Spring 2016

When 47-year-old Mark Foley walked out of the Board of Trustees meeting in Harrigan Center and into his first press conference as the newly elected president of the University of Mobile on Feb. 13, 1998, he was stepping onto shaky ground. The university’s previous president had launched a branch campus in Nicaragua, hoping it would provide a new source of …

Veritas Has ‘Incredible Opportunity’

Kathy Dean Experience, Spring 2015

When the contemporary-classical vocal group Veritas sang at a conference in Houston early this year, they impressed a future presidential candidate who was also on the conference agenda. But it still was a surprise when the campaign manager for Dr. Ben Carson called in April with a request: would they sing on May 4 when Carson announced his candidacy for …

‘We Prepare Track-Layers for a Nation’

Kathy Dean Faith, Spring 2015

How do you turn a moving train? What if that train is the American culture and the track is unstable, the foundation has eroded, and all the people you love are aboard? Is the only outcome a horrible train wreck? That was the scenario posed by University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley as he addressed more than 1,200 UMobile …

Teamwork: Crossing The Finish Line

Kathy Dean Experience, Spring 2015

Whatever your goal, wherever you set your finish line, you probably had some help getting there.   Maybe you have your own personal pit crew who refuels you for the next lap, helping you fine-tune your engine so you can keep moving ahead.   Or you are blessed with friends and family who believe in you enough to stand beside the road on a hot summer day, ready …

No Limitations On Living The American Dream

Kathy Dean Experience, Spring 2015

When Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the 10th annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet just four days before announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, he said the university has something the nation needs. “I want to talk a little bit tonight about our nation. It would be in good shape if the whole nation had the values …

Making Edna Proud

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2015

There was no doubt in Otis Brunson’s mind that his Murphy High School English teacher thought he was special. Miss Edna Olson had even picked out a girl she thought he ought to marry — something she would confess in later years to his wife, Jacquelyn, as they attended First Baptist Theodore together. “You don’t want to disappoint a person …

Prism Music

Kathy Dean Experience, Spring 2015

Music that will soon be performed by church choirs across the nation, including two songs by a University of Mobile student and graduate, were introduced to more than 200 worship pastors in Mobile in April. The music ministers came to Mobile for “The Retreat,” a conference presented by the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts, the Fisher-Brewer Worship Institute …

Legacy

Kathy Dean Experience, Spring 2015

The first thing Dr. Dwight Steedley thought when he saw Delaney Grizzle sitting in his math class was, “Gee, I’m getting old.” The second thing that came to mind was that the University of Mobile must be doing something very well for a family to send its third generation to the school. The professor and dean of the College of …