Advancement Round-Up

Dr. Bruce Earnest Giving, Spring 2021

What an exciting time to be at the University of Mobile! The Office for Advancement has the privilege of working with generous donors, both alumni and friends of the university, in securing gifts that are making a real impact on campus. Here are just a few of the things that are happening right now: J.L. Bedsole Strength and Conditioning Complex …

Erin’s Story

Brian Boyle Giving, Spring 2021

When my parents, Tom and Sandra Boyle, heard the news that their little girl had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, they were simply devastated. In March of 1975 my younger sister Erin was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-spreading malignant type of brain tumor that at that time was considered incurable. This happened just one month prior to her 4th …

Advancing Growth

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2021

We all want to make a difference through our lives. The University of Mobile Office for Advancement exists to make that happen. It works as a matchmaker of sorts, matching the calling God has placed on your heart to a university need or project that can help you answer that call. The results can be life-changing – both for yourself …

Caring for Our UM Family

Dr. Bruce Earnest Fall 2020, Giving

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Advancement Office decided that, in addition to writing grants and strategic planning, we would focus on prayer and caring for our University of Mobile alumni, donors and friends. Each team member has spent time in communication with the very people who have faithfully championed our great university.  One team member said, “I …

Known for Impact

Dr. Bruce Earnest Fall 2020, Giving

There are as many reasons to support the University of Mobile as there are ways to do so.  Maybe a faculty member or coach saw something in you that you didn’t see in yourself, and it made a difference in who you are.  Or you understand that the excellent reputation your university has today increases the value of the degree …

A Giver’s Heart

Dr. Bruce Earnest Giving, Spring 2020

While preparing remarks for this year’s University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet, I asked my friend and colleague Dr. Doug Wilson, dean of the School of Christian Studies, for information about how many times the word “giving” was used in the Bible. I was somewhat surprised to learn that “giving” is mentioned 2,172 times. When someone asks me what I do, …

Fulfilling Dreams

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2020

George W. and Patricia H. Dorsett Endowed Scholarship There was a time when a woman could not be married and also be in nursing school. In 1949, Patricia Holliday was about to step on the bus to Rochester, Minnesota, to enroll in nursing school at the Mayo Clinic. In the last hour before she was to begin her journey, she …

The Advocates

Kathy Dean Fall 2019, Giving

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 …

Debakey Scholarships

Michael Dumas Giving, Spring 2019

As a longtime physician and philanthropist, Ernest DeBakey thrived on opportunities to work with young people, often inspiring them to pursue careers in medicine. Through the charitable foundation he created, three University of Mobile nursing students will have full scholarships that pay for their education. DeBakey died in 2006, nearly a decade after creating the Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation, …

Lighting a Legacy

Kala Hembree Fall 2017, Giving

September of 2017 brings the official launch of “a dynamic community dedicated to creating vibrant programs and ideas to support scholarship efforts.” This is the mission statement of the University of Mobile Torch Society, a newly formed group of individuals passionate about “Lighting the Way through Scholarships” and through crafting impactful relationships with students. This vision ignites a legacy of …