The Other Side of Mentoring

Kathy Dean Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

I always thought of mentoring as a one-way street. Something that flows in one direction, from the top down. A pouring into a student’s life, like water from a pitcher. The number of students I have had the opportunity to mentor at the University of Mobile is far fewer than the number faculty will impact, even over the space of …

Coffee & Community

Jessica Sawyer Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

When Tori Acker graduated from the University of Mobile in 2017 with a degree in intercultural studies, she landed in a career that allows her to bridge the gap between cultures. Based in Alabaster, Alabama, her Vessel Coffee Co. started with a renovated trolley and desire to create a community. “Food and drink is a commonality in cultures, and coffee …

A Different Perspective

Michael Dumas Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

Many of the happiest and most successful people attribute their prosperity to a shift in perspective. Whether it was just meeting someone with different life experiences or surviving a crisis, there’s always a different way to look at things, which can help you grow into the person God meant you to be. Growing up in rural Cullman, Alabama, Stephen Edwards …

Dreams Do Come True

Kathy Dean Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

The University of Mobile is where Chelsey Sayasane found confidence in the Lord, and in herself. It’s also the place that prepared her to land her dream job, even before she graduated. As co-host of Studio 10, WALA Fox10TV’s morning lifestyle show, each weekday morning Sayasane introduces the regional viewing audience to the people, places and events that make the …

Find Your Voice

Michael Dumas Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

Chris James ’15 During his freshman year at the University of Mobile, Chris James was a wallflower, someone so quiet one of his classmates wondered if he could speak at all. Then music helped him find his voice, and God amplified it so people around the world could hear it. Now in his third year as the announcer for the …

Coming Home

Kathy Dean Fall 2019, Features Leave a Comment

Allie Normand Ratcliff is coming home. And she’s inviting all of her University of Mobile family to come home, too. The 2015 graduate is UM’s new director of alumni programs. She has returned to her alma mater to handle alumni relationships, coordinate the university’s Ambassadors program for student leaders, and develop special alumni events. “We are focusing on bringing our …

The World is Your Classroom

Heath Vester Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

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 …

A World of Possibilities

Amber Kelley Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

International travel often changes who we are. It challenges us to consider new perspectives, helps us interact with those who are different from us, and leaves us with special memories of missed trains, delayed flights and new foods. At the University of Mobile, travel is in our blood. Travel is Tradition It’s part of the University of Mobile experience, from …

Fine Arts, Fine Future

Martha Simmons Experience, Fall 2019 Leave a Comment

The University of Mobile’s art department is growing and making an impact, with the addition of two new Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in a program that has more than tripled the number of art majors from a decade ago. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts in art, UM now offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design …

The Advocates

Kathy Dean Fall 2019, Giving Leave a Comment

Dr. and Mrs. Phillip L. Shouppe Scholarship Fund Phillip Shouppe was always supportive of anything his wife, Sally, did. So when Sally joined the University of Mobile athletic department as administrative assistant 12 years ago, the university gained more than a dedicated employee. The Rams also gained one of their most faithful, enthusiastic supporters. “From Day 1, these two invested …