The Resolution That Changed Everything

Rivers Brunson Experience, Winter 2018

Dana Watson ’00 Dana Watson is the chief operating officer for the South Alabama division of Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, holds three master’s degrees, and in pursuit of a doctorate in organizational leadership. But before the University of Mobile alumnus achieved all of this, he was first a resident of the Children’s Home himself.  He relayed his life story recently …

Building a Good Foundation

Kathy Dean Experience, Winter 2018

Michelle Manley Thomason ’92 Her University of Mobile education gave Michelle Manley Thomason a good foundation – one that ultimately landed her a seat on the bench as the presiding district judge in Baldwin County, Alabama. Now the 1992 graduate is excited about reconnecting with her alma mater to serve on the first Board of Directors of the new University …

Empowering

Rivers Brunson Experience, Winter 2018

Michele Rigby Assad is a powerhouse storyteller – but that’s how it goes when you’ve lived some powerful stories. Last spring, Julie Clow visited University of Mobile to speak at he Torch Society’s Spring Scholarship Banquet. The UM alumna, published author and head of global people development for CHANEL mentioned her brilliant sister who also had a book coming out. …

Real Success

Jessica Sawyer Experience, Winter 2018

For Chris Brazell, Cottage Hill Christian Academy head football coach, success isn’t measured by wins, though his track record certainly shows them. With a playoff spot secured early in the 2018 season, regular rankings in the Top 10 and weekly awards for players, this 2002 University of Mobile graduate and former UM baseball player has helped the school start a …

Dr. DNA

Susan Murphy Experience, Winter 2018

Reagan Barnett, PhDAssistant Professor of Biology Self-proclaimed right-brained thinker Reagan Barnett was on track for grad school to study biomedical Egyptology — diseases in mummies — when at age 20 her own health took a frightening turn. But instead of derailing her life and career, illness changed her focus from studying diseases in the dead to preventing them in the …

Distinctively-Driven: Our Why

Rivers Brunson Experience, Spring 2018

Fame, money, success – to most of the world, these are the idols to seek. They are the reason many university students see a higher GPA as Getting Paid Assurance, their ticket to six-figure careers and notoriety. A high GPA at University of Mobile means so much more, because it never stands alone. UM’s combination of Academically-Focused courses, Student-Devoted faculty …

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 …

UM Ambassadors – At Your Service

Trey Taulbee Experience, Fall 2017

University of Mobile Ambassadors is a new group of passionate, intelligent student leaders devoted to serving the university and the greater community. Through a rigorous interview and selection process, 11 students from varying backgrounds were chosen to be in the inaugural class and are considered ambassadors until they graduate. Ambassadors must go through an intense training process that includes interaction …

When Nashville Calls

Samantha Moats Experience, Spring 2017

Meredith McCarson was 16 years old when she realized the Lord was calling her to Nashville, TN. This realization came when her father Ronnie McCarson, pastor of senior adults at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, took her to visit Music Row. Meredith fell in love with the city. Over the years, Meredith never lost sight of her Nashville dream and worked …

Focus Fridays: A Time to Refresh, Renew, and Reinvigorate

Trey Taulbee Experience, Spring 2017

  Students, faculty and staff returned to campus in January with a new academic schedule and an expanded selection of extracurricular opportunities. The university switched to a 4-day academic week and designated Focus Fridays as a time when the university family can join together in learning, service and rest. Why a 4-Day Week? Progressive companies across the United States have …